COVID-19 Updates

The Hudson River Museum reopened to the public Saturday, July 25, four and a half months after COVID-19 shut it down on March 13.

Westchester County’s Board of Legislators and Board of Elections held a joint meeting (Committee of the Whole) Wednesday, July 29, to discuss public complaints about voting procedures during t…

After initiating Greenburgh’s medical advisory committee in April to help guide the town’s coronavirus policy, Town Supervisor Paul Feiner told the Inquirer July 21 the eight-member committee …

If you’re looking to cool off in a new private pool, legally you’re going to have to wait until next summer at the earliest. With the exception of a kiddie pool, anything over 18 inches tall r…

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Below is a list of updates, things to do, things not to do, meetings, closings, openings, things you need to know/might want to know. We will update the list as new items come in. The most rec…

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Preparation, flexibility and feedback were the themes running throughout the second set of Edgemont parent forums held virtually Monday, Aug. 3. The sessions reviewed the proposed hybrid sched…

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This week the second largest storm since Superstorm Sandy hit our area, throwing a punch on top of the pandemic and its devastating impact on our lives. We are reeling. We are exhausted. But r…

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Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman called it “a turbulent and chaotic week coming off a turbulent and chaotic series of months in which we’ve been all engaged in coping with a worldwide pandem…

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Small businesses are near and dear for 2011 Edgemont graduates Tej Mehta, Mitchell Breitbart and Barrie Tovar. That appreciation came from growing up supporting local shops throughout Scarsdal…

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The Scarsdale Restart Committee continues to listen to parent feedback. Less than 48 hours after the district released the plan to the public for the first time Monday night, new changes were …

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Monday evening, Aug. 3, the Scarsdale community finally got a look at the school district’s reopening plan, an 84-page document that will likely go through more changes before and after being …

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Early on in the pandemic, Quaker Ridge resident Lauren Kessler took a walk around town. Meandering through Heathcote, she happened upon something unusual. “I saw a bunch of painted rocks on Li…

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In two virtual forums held Wednesday, July 29, Edgemont school administrators presented proposed hybrid schedules — a combination of in-person and distance learning — for the elementary and ju…

After months of planning, discussing and preparing for an in-person graduation for Edgemont’s class of 2020, school administrators announced on July 23 that they planned to cancel the in-perso…

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A July staple for decades, the Scarsdale sidewalk sale has seen great changes over the years reflecting things like the economy and the types of businesses occupying storefronts in the downtow…

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When it leaked and spread on Facebook that the Scarsdale Restart Committee was rumored to be considering having high school students in a full e-learning setting beginning in September in orde…

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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. 

Like all cultural institutions, the Katonah Museum of Art has struggled to continue to function during the coronavirus crisis. But even being unable to allow visitors into the building or to h…

With restrictions on public gatherings forcing people to stay cooped up in their houses during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses that rely on live audiences, such as movie theaters and concert…

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As COVID-19 roils economic markets and causes fiscal woes in plenty of industries, the cycling sector has not only coasted, but accelerated into a pocket of prosperity in an otherwise dismal r…

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Often seen as safe havens during natural disasters for information, entertainment and resources, libraries have had to find new ways to interact with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, w…

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While students and their families anxiously await the late August or early September decision on the viability of reopening New York schools, the State Department of Health on July 13 issued a…

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Scarsdale Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman released a statement Thursday, July 23, to let families know how the district is formulating its plan for reopening Scarsdale schools in the fall a…

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The Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) is working tirelessly to ignite the reopening of the village with the creation of activities, such as the ongoing Dine the ’Dale initiative and the weeklo…

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Carolyn Glickstein has understood the power of connection for the elderly her entire career as an aging life care professional — formerly called geriatric care manager — but never has that had…

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Parenting has become increasingly difficult during the coronavirus pandemic, especially for essential workers like Ann Busak and Kelvia DelCristo.

School districts in New York State have their work cut out for themselves as they prepare to deliver their own specific reopening plans to the state by July 31.

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While the opening of schools in New York State essentially comes down to three options — in-person, distance learning or a hybrid — the possibilities for interscholastic athletics are much mor…

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Just as Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Brian Gray believed not opening day camp was the right decision — the “hardest” one he’s made in his professional career — he b…

With New York State’s coronavirus infection rate decelerating, parents and caregivers of Edgemont students tuned in via Google Meetup for a pair of informative question-and-answer sessions Jul…

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Traffic safety is at the forefront of public concern as the COVID-19 lockdown forced indoor fitness facilities to close in March, sending the exercise-starved outside. Scarsdale residents eage…

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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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With COVID-19 still an ever-present threat in the United States, school districts across New York State have been grappling with a strategy to prepare teachers, administrators, students and pa…

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As March wore into April and April into late spring, families everywhere wondered what the summer of 2020 would look like as it became clear the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t going away. With many …

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Clocktower Players, the resident theater company of the Irvington Theater, can’t stage productions in its historic auditorium anytime soon. But the pandemic isn’t stopping the company from eng…

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In her health and safety update during a livestream school board meeting June 23, Superintendent Victoria Kniewel gave a brief overview of the district’s tentative plans for phase 4 reopening …

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Students enrolled in Edgemont High School’s senior options program typically learn about the world at large from a variety of immersive environments. But in this COVID era, nothing so far has …

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When Jordan Cascade, Jake Lubin and Will Reed set out to document the COVID-19 pandemic through the “lens” of Scarsdale, their hometown, little did they know what they would come away with.

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July 6 is the target date for some youth sports to return to the Mid-Hudson Region as part of the New York Forward rollout. While “lower risk” sports as defined by the state like tennis and go…

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A restart planning steering committee, tasked with strategizing around three potential scenarios for schools reopening in the fall, is set to convene next month, according to Assistant Superin…

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Local farmers markets have changed how they do business as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to disrupt daily life.

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Across the country, students’ lives changed overnight due to the coronavirus pandemic. They suddenly had to adapt to a new way of learning and give up in-person interaction with teachers when …

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One local high school student, with the help of some friends, transformed personal tragedy to community charity.

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The spring of 2019 was a record-setting season for Scarsdale High School golf — both for the long-dominant boys and the newly crowned girls — and coaches Andy Verboys and Barney Foltman expect…

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When disaster strikes, local communities can usually count on their local libraries as a source of refuge, entertainment and education. But with a pandemic, where social distancing and limited…

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In a televised press conference in White Plains on June 18, Westchester County Executive George Latimer invited Scarsdale Mayor Marc Samwick to update the county on what the local government i…

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More than 120 viewers tuned in to the school board’s virtual special meeting on June 17 to hear results of the 2020 school election. With an unprecedented 4,161 absentee ballots submitted, it …

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Camp operators were faced with a tough decision this month when New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on June 2 that day camps could open in-person programs later this month with guidelin…

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Village officials and the Scarsdale Business Alliance are creatively bringing downtown Scarsdale back to life as New York State reopens in four phases following the height of the COVID-19 pand…

On Wednesday, June 3, Scarsdale High School held its annual ceremony to honor the recipients of numerous academic and community service awards. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic having closed s…

School election calendars had to be revised again on June 10 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed he would set a date for any necessary school budget revotes to be held before the end of July.

Village Clerk Donna Conkling released a memorandum to the board of trustees June 9 announcing an extension of resident commuter parking permits through Sept. 30; the original expiration date w…

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“You’re not in Scarsdale anymore — it’s the real world.”

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The village is getting ready to dive in to open the municipal pool complex in July.

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Better bring sunscreen next time you go shopping.

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For the first time since late March, Heathcote Barber Shop was buzzing on Tuesday morning. Literally.

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For three months, Amedee Williams faced the biggest challenge of his career as a music teacher as he had 140 Scarsdale High School orchestra students learning distantly from their homes due to…

Get ready to shop and dine al fresco.

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In early March, Edgemont resident Daniel Fenster was standing in front of his first COVID-19 patient at New York-Columbia Presbyterian. He was focused on the task at hand, but he couldn’t hold…

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June, July and August are the new March, April and May. At least for 2020 in the real estate market.

Caramoor has had to pivot quickly from the full summer season that was originally planned to finding new ways of inspiring audiences safely in light of pandemic restrictions. The Katonah cultu…

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Kids can let their imaginations flow with Written Out Loud, a storytelling school for young adults that’s adapted its courses to offer online summer classes for creative teens stuck at home th…

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Scarsdale’s Alternative School classes are not all that different from regular classes at the high school. Students learn just about the same material and get graded on their performance.

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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 res…

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Dr. Kenneth Croen has been watching from the beginning. He’s been studying COVID-19 data worldwide, nationally in New York State, regionally in Westchester County and at Scarsdale Medical Grou…

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Memorial Day 2020 took on a new look and a new meaning.

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The class of 2020 high school seniors can expect very different commencement ceremonies this year as Scarsdale and Edgemont schools announced plans for modified graduation ceremonies.

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While local parks and trails have been open and golf courses were open, then closed, then open again, the Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department was finally able to open up one of its own f…

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Football, poker, video games, acoustic guitars, bike rides and mac and cheese.

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With the Hartsdale Starbucks closed, David Fanning took to picking up his morning fix and walking his dog in Scarsdale Village about a month ago. On Tuesday, he noticed something different.

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Steve and Marianne Hiller have good days and bad days.

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White Plains Hospital is one of eight area hospitals that will share $265 million for essential expenses associated with treating coronavirus patients, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, D-District 17,…

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person activity, the Scarsdale property assessment roll will be published online at scarsdale.com by June 1.

In Scarsdale and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others, it’s a volunteer …

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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…

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Statewide, all school board elections and budget votes will be on June 9, conducted by absentee ballot. School district clerks will send eligible voters absentee ballots with postage-paid retu…

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As fear and uncertainty spread along with the COVID-19 virus throughout Westchester County in March, schools shut down and the state went into lockdown, but one group of Scarsdale residents wa…

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It wasn’t the 50th anniversary celebration they were hoping for, but the members of the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps understand better than most that nothing this year is turning out th…

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Scarsdale High School Alumni Association president Zach Harrison believes those from his alma mater are “leaders in their careers, leaders in their fields and leaders in their communities,” an…

The Scarsdale American Legion Post will assemble on Memorial Day in a discrete ceremony with 10 or fewer participants, as set by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Memorial Day gatherings. For the health a…

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order extending school closures and online learning into the end of the school year, the Scarsdale School District continued to grapple with and evolve the n…

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It’s a good thing Luca Dowdall’s family has a big delivery van because he and his friends keep filling it up.

The Greenville Fire District Board of Commissioners is pushing back against a provision in the Greenburgh Town Board’s resolution that reduces late penalty fees for taxes that states the distr…

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We Scarsdalians put a lot of stock in our appearance, as evidenced by the numerous stylists, barbershops and nail salons around town. It’s no surprise, then, that our banishment from these goo…

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Like many students at Scarsdale High School, Grant Schechtman cares about his grades. He and his classmates have an innate desire to perform well academically. They stay up late reading, study…

While New York remains on PAUSE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, five regions of the state’s 10 regions can begin limited reopening starting today, May 15, in the first of four phases.

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The Scarsdale Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the proposed 2020-21 budget May 11 after multiple reiterations of cost-cutting efforts in response to the impact of the coronavirus …

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Rabbi Adam Baldachin had a handful of dirt in one hand, his iPhone in the other. In a quiet graveyard with only a funeral director and a cemetery worker in sight, Baldachin tossed the dirt on …

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“Kids” and “COVID-19” in the same sentence typically meant a discussion about distance learning. That all changed last week when a 5-year-old from New York City died of a pediatric complicatio…

Police responded to a report of concern about safety May 4 at Quaker Ridge School on Weaver Street when a line of cars arrived for a teacher appreciation event. Police reported the teacher app…

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The Scarsdale High School Drama Club (SHSDC) is breathing new life into the classic theater idiom, “The show must go on.”

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As municipalities across the state battle with the everchanging economic landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic, town officials in Greenburgh are similarly wrestling with a potential $7 millio…

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Amid concerns over the strained resources of some Edgemont taxpayers who may have experienced salary cuts or layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic, members of the district’s board of educati…

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Just like all his fellow college seniors, Charlie Musoff was really looking forward to his final semester and graduation at Yale. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and everything changed.

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At a Scarsdale Adult School board meeting March 2, Executive Director Jill Serling reported the best year ever, with an enrollment of 6,000 students, “the size of a small liberal arts college.…

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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 tha…

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When we check in with friends these days, there’s so much ground to cover: Are they healthy? Feeling stir crazy? Doing okay with the whole remote-work thing?

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On April 28, Scarsdale’s board of trustees adopted the village budget 6 to 1, with Jonathan Lewis dissenting. The adopted budget calls for a 1.46% increase in the tax levy, or $95 increase per…

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For most teachers, e-learning is uncharted waters. After stay-at-home directives came in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with minimal training teachers across the country suddenly faced the…

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Friday, May 1 was a big day for high school seniors across New York State. It was not only the day they were scheduled to make their final college choices, but the day they found out they woul…

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As a geriatric specialist working in a nursing home at age 72, Dr. Jeffrey Escher knew the risk of going to work every day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Center for Aging in Place offers this informal senior services/referral directory and online resources for Westchester County amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with thanks for the help of DOROT …

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We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local.

There is at least some relief in sight for Westchester County taxpayers impacted financially by the coronavirus state of emergency.

The town’s newly formed Medical Advisory Committee released new recommendations on April 23 encouraging restaurants to develop pre-packaged food kits for customers to prepare a meal at home an…

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Karen Smoler Heller doesn’t directly fight disease, come up with cures or treat patients, but her work behind the scenes benefits those who do and those who rely on those life-saving services.

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With more than 45 tuned in and eight concerned residents sharing public comments to hold the line on taxes, the Scarsdale Board of Trustees voted 6-1, with Trustee Jonathan Lewis dissenting, t…

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All across the tri-state area, hospitals are struggling to find protective equipment for frontline heroes.

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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 …

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Dr. Hyun Joon Lee (she goes by Joon) always knew her work was important.

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A 65-year-old Grand Park Avenue man on April 23 willfully violated health laws by hosting a large gathering at his home to see his daughter married. Patrol arriving on scene shortly before 6 p…

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St. Francis Hospital on Long Island initiated a clinical research study April 9 to assess the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc in treating high-risk outpatients, ages…

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Click on the link to Edgemont’s new eLearning website and you’ll find not the state-of-the-art IT tools for teaching math and English at home, but instead an elegant online art gallery filled …

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Despite the number of COVID-19 cases starting to flatten across New York State, police and fire departments remain vigilant in trying to protect their own by limiting chances for exposure duri…

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Westchester saw its first case of the novel coronavirus in early March. A few weeks later, on March 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered hospitals across the state to increase their ability to care f…

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Tracy Lazarus looked out her window in Scarsdale as her landscapers tended to her garden. She was happy to see that her gardeners were still able to come and manage her lawn, as it was a brigh…

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The closure of schools as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak has brought on more challenges than just adapting to new learning methods for Scarsdale high schoolers. Student-athletes have been f…

A cold front passed through Scarsdale the night before Earth Day April 22, but the cloudy, rainy weather gave way to bright sunshine. Perhaps Mother Nature sensed that a big, warm collective h…

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Long Island went ahead of the curve on Tuesday, as Suffolk and Nassau counties, sections 11 and 8, respectively, canceled the spring sports season.

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Dr. Mark Weller only sees COVID-19 patients whose lives are on the line.

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First it was Purell. Then it was toilet paper. And now, it’s dogs and cats. That’s right; people are clamoring to adopt or foster pets while sheltering at home.

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Billy Collins found his voice while living and writing in a little cottage on a larger estate on Old Army Road in Edgemont in the late 1980s. When he moved to Somers in 1989, Collins took the …

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Our team at The Inquirer is working day and night to bring you accurate and meaningful local coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our communities. It’s not an easy task. We have been …

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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 h…

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After the mail is delivered each morning, one local family goes through the motions of its new routine. One by one, each piece of mail is removed from the mailbox and wiped down with Clorox wi…

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Three weeks into some of the most challenging academic circumstances ever experienced by the Edgemont school community, the board of education on Tuesday, April 14, presented updates on the lo…

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend the rhythm and routine of our daily lives, instructions to avoid the potentially lethal COVID-19 are clear and prominently posted. We are told to…

After a public hearing on the village budget April 15, the board of trustees came to a consensus to allow for $210,000 from the library fund to be reallocated to minimize the $818,829 increase…

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An April 7 executive order initiated by Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner that would have required pharmacies and grocery stores to follow specific guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-…

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Stay the course. That was the message from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his daily coronavirus update April 16 as he extended the New York on PAUSE order requiring all nonessential worke…

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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 sur…

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Social distancing and remote learning are things we never talked about in February. By mid-March, they’d become imbedded in our minds forever, now our reality for over a month as society deals…

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With the need to find ways to reduce expenditures in the face of the ongoing global health crisis, the Scarsdale School Board met via a public conference call Monday, March 30, to continue its…

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Not even a pandemic can stop Scouts from meeting goals and taking action.

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In a March 31 work session over Zoom, Village Treasurer Mary Lou McClure presented two scenarios that outlined revenue shortfalls in excess of $3.7 million due to the ongoing coronavirus outbr…

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When the 1-mile zone was set up in New Rochelle and the National Guard was called to help on March 10, most of the Scarsdale Chinese realized the dire situation our own community might face. W…

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The video fades in on Greenburgh Detective Benjamin Fontanilles sitting in his police vehicle clutching a children’s book.

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With a pair of 3D printers at Scarsdale Oral Surgery at the Apple Bank Building in Scarsdale sitting idle due to the lack of patients — only emergencies are permitted during the COVID-19 pande…

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After her three kids are fast asleep Elise Houpt gets to work. She gathers all her ingredients and starts to mix. Hours pass and she finally begins to see the fruits of her labor — tins filled…

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Under normal circumstances, the Scarsdale village election would have come and gone by now with new or returning trustees on the dais. But these are not normal circumstances. Instead, the high…

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Last week, there were more cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New York than in any other state, and more deaths due to the virus.

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Andrew Verboys Jr. should have given up on football years ago. After all, he’s been better to the game than the game has been to him.

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As the sun was about to set Thursday, March 26, the Goldrich family of five gathered around a laptop in their Edgemont home, poised to celebrate youngest son Henry’s bar mitzvah service. But i…

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A little free time can go a long way in the age of COVID-19. Many Scarsdale High School students have been taking advantage to use the gap in their schedules for the greater good.

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An anonymous caller reported what seemed to be nonessential construction activity March 30 at an address on Mamaroneck Road. Upon arrival, officers saw several people working. The foreman advi…

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Put away your quarters and your pay-by-phone apps.