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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Scarsdale resident Jennifer Galeon received the Martha K. Selig Young Leadership Award for her leadership and dedicated service to the community at UJA-Federation of New York's NY Lions Lunch Oct. 31 at The Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. 

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When Thomas Adamo was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1953, he had no interest in joining the American Legion. His uncle, a veteran of World War II, was pressuring him to join the legion in Yonkers where Adamo grew up, but after serving 14 months in Korea, Adamo was far too busy getting his…

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Nathan Douglass, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and elbow surgery, has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked as a researc…

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UJA-Federation of New York’s 2020 annual campaign was held Oct. 17 at a private home in Larchmont, hosting nearly 100 philanthropic donors from Westchester. Guests heard from New York Times op-ed editor and author Bari Weiss in conversation with Larchmont resident Jeffrey Solomon. Both are P…

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Sales agent Josephine LaPietra has joined boutique real estate brokerage firm PLI Realty. With more than 24 years’ experience in real estate and more than $100 million in sales, LaPietra is known for her savvy marketing strategies and sharp attention to detail.

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Firefighter Ian Brown was hired on Oct. 7, transferring to the Scarsdale Fire Department from the Mount Vernon Fire Department after 10 years of service with Mount Vernon. Pictured is Brown during a training evolution.

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The Rotary Club of Scarsdale partnered with the American Cancer Society to support the 2019 Making Strides of Westchester Walk at Manhattanville College on Oct. 20. Nearly $1 million was raised for breast cancer research. Pictured from left, Daniel Gerardi, Joe Muller, Herta Muller, Garrett …

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The Scarsdale-based WeRun team participated in the Westchester Healing Half and 10K charity runs for Westchester Medical Center Sunday, Oct. 6 on the Bronx River Parkway. There were a total of 28 runners, the largest team in the race. The team took the overall first place (Shangyuan Luo); ov…

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Scarsdale resident Michael Kahn, owner and Chief Operating Officer of Kahn Architecture & Design, was recognized by the Scarsdale PBA at its 16th annual Charity Golf Classic on Oct. 7, for his outstanding generosity and continuous support to the organization over many years. “Mr. Kahn ha…

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It’s not often you meet someone who hopes her line of work will become obsolete. Yet that’s the fondest wish of Elizabeth Comen, M.D., an assistant attending physician at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases. “I would love to be out of a job,” she told a crowd of more than 200 at…

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Former Scarsdale resident  Jacob M. Appel’s new book, “Who Says You’re Dead: Medical and Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned,” is full of situations and scenarios that let the reader imagine what it’s like to face ethical dilemmas and what a doctor might do in such cases. The bo…

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When thinking about the areas closest to New York City, the first image that comes to mind probably isn’t of rolling pastures and trotting horses. Nonetheless, Boulder Brook Equestrian Center, next to the Scarsdale pool complex on Mamaroneck Road, has been providing a suburban outlet for hor…

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Growing up in Scarsdale, Eric Thurm discovered he liked board games — a lot. His early favorite was the military-themed Stratego, in which a player uses deception and cunning to capture his opponent’s flag. When he wasn’t routing the enemy, Thurm and his friends would engage in fantasy-fuele…

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Several Scarsdale teenagers and members of the Junior Friends of White Plains Hospital sweated and cycled their way to raising funds to benefit White Plains Hospital Family Health Center on Sept. 22.