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Eighty-six-year-old Rebecca Skolnik, a longtime resident of Edgemont, has become “fearful” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I try to avoid going out unless it’s necessary, but I do get out and so far I’ve been lucky I guess,” she said.

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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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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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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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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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Noel Muyskens knew deep down that only one organization could 100% preserve the mission and integrity of Westchester County’s nonprofit MVP Basketball Camp the way founder Stan Greene would have wanted it. That organization is Backyard Sports Cares, founded as a philanthropic wing of Backyar…

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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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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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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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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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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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It was a magnificent 200-year-old oak, with a trunk 6 feet in diameter looming 130 feet in height with a lush canopy that gracefully framed the north side of my 1950s split-level house.

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When Damon Maher, New Rochelle resident and Westchester County legislator, went for his early morning run Sept. 19, he was not aware of the social justice event set to take place at St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale later that morning. But when his friend, St. Pius X parishioner Kathy Cripps, i…

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A chapter of SAVE Promise Club at Scarsdale High School has been started and will launch its first activity of the school year Sept. 8. SAVE — Students Against Violence Everywhere — is connected to Sandy Hook Promise. In every school and community nationwide, there are young people who suffe…

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Anya Pathak, a rising fifth grader at Greenville Elementary School, launched Edgemont Free Library in her neighborhood to coincide with her 10th birthday in August. With public libraries closed due to the pandemic and limited in-person social interactions, books could become “best friends.” …

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Scarsdale sisters Jaclyn and Serena Finger give a Zoom cooking class to grade school children. Jaclyn, 19, is a sophomore at Skidmore College and Serena, 16, is a Scarsdale High School junior. Their grandfather, Kenneth Finger, watched them give the class and sampled the cupcakes.

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From delivering groceries to at-risk Scarsdale locals to teaching young students how to code, one Scarsdale High School junior has raised over $1,000 for charity in what has been anything but a slow summer.

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Dan Sokoloff didn’t want to move to the suburbs. He certainly didn’t want to move to Scarsdale. Urged by his wife, Martha Kaiser, to check out some houses on his lunch break — he works in Purchase — Sokoloff remained steadfast in not wanting to leave New York City until he saw 8 Overlook Roa…

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Linwood Road resident Harry Garten, who turned 100 on July 11, has seen a lot of changes and drama in a century, but nothing quite compares to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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For the 92nd year the Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association celebrated the Fourth of July at Davis Park, although shortened this year due to COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings. Only a few participants were present, but it was broadcast live on Facebook, filmed by Jean Bongiorno.

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Jacob Rosewater, a rising Scarsdale High School senior, has thrown down the gauntlet in his hometown. He’s challenging his liberal-leaning, progressive-claiming village and school district to put its full support behind building affordable housing to help fight segregation.

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When you walk out of the blood donation center after an hour of giving your time and blood, you receive a simple sheet of paper that sums up why you were there.

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Carrying backpacks with a thousand flyers, Scarsdale High School juniors Julia Kushnick and Riena Parente set out on a 26-mile, 12-hour marathon culminating at the vigil held June 7 in Chase Park to honor the memory of George Floyd and protest the legacy of racism and social injustice that w…

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Edgemont High School senior Olivia DePietto felt devastated by the death of George Floyd. She was upset by everything she was seeing on the news and couldn’t sit back, watch and do nothing.

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Jordan Copeland looks at Scarsdale and he sees things most people do not. It could be a house abnormally close to the street in Edgewood, a gas station on Post Road in an area with no other businesses, a clock above a shop in Scarsdale Village featuring County Trust, a bank that hasn’t exist…

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Memorial Day celebrations in Greenburgh were not spared the disruptions that the coronavirus has caused throughout the world, but that did not deter local residents from hosting a socially responsible event to honor those who died fighting for their country.

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The days of sitting in a cubicle less than 6 feet away from another person seem far behind us as we settle into required work-from-home routines due to COVID-19. It’s been a big adjustment for many of us, but there is a silver lining. At least you don’t have to hear your co-workers sipping t…

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Sylvie Rosenbloom rushed down from her home in Scarsdale to St. John’s Medical Center in Yonkers an hour after the first airplane hit the World Trade Center. She was off that day, but reported to work in case they needed the hands of an extra emergency department nurse.

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Every time Adam Abeshouse is able to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) he jumps in his car and heads to the Ambassador of Scarsdale on Saxon Wood Road. When he gets there, employees graciously take the much-needed equipment and also bring along Abeshouse’s 88-year-old mother, who h…

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On Wednesday, April 22, send a huge thank you to Scarsdale’s Police and Fire departments, the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp, as well as the sanitation and water department workers. They have been working tirelessly on our behalf, and some of the first responders have tested positive for…

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There was nothing conventional about the life of Ilse Schweid from the day was she was born in Minden, Germany, Aug. 2, 1922, to the day she died as Irene Hirsch on March 30. The Holocaust survivor, the youngest of nine children, changed her first name to distance herself from her native cou…