COVID-19 Updates

Steve and Marianne Hiller have good days and bad days.

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,…

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

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.

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…

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

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…

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…

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.

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.…

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…

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?

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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

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 …

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

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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

A Dobbs Terrace caller reported a large group of landscapers not practicing social distancing on March 24. Police canvassed the area and dispersed a dozen landscapers.

Danielle Butin is a force to be reckoned with. She and her 12-member staff have been on the supply end of the COVID-19 outbreak, working from a 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Yonkers and sear…

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A tax relief bill introduced by Westchester County Executive George Latimer to the county board of legislators this week would defer to July 15 any late fees for payment of county taxes, which…

For many Jews in Westchester and around the world, the core question asked during the Passover Seder — “Why is this night different from all other nights?” — will take on a deeper meaning this year.

Father Thomas Lynch likes to walk around the parking lot of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and pray the rosary. Times are different with social distancing guidelines in place due to the COVID…

For some parents of children in the Scarsdale’s elementary schools, students’ e-learning progress when it comes to balancing synchronous (teacher-led in a group setting) and asynchronous (inde…

With COVID-19 cases in New York accelerating and hospitals in Manhattan hitting capacity, medical groups in Westchester, including Westmed Urgent Care, are funneling patients into virtual visi…

Morris Mayer’s small upholstery shop, Plaza Park Interiors in Mamaroneck, is usually very busy. The seamstresses especially are used to the hectic nature of the business and the cutting tables…

The Edgemont School District and members of the community participated in its first-ever remote access meeting of the board of education on Tuesday, March 24, to discuss current and future dis…

Aware that the contagious COVID-19 virus is everywhere and local supplies of protective equipment are running very low, the Scarsdale Chinese Association donated 3,000 surgical masks Friday, M…

There’s only one story now, the coronavirus. But when you think about it, it’s really not one story at all. Coronavirus, or COVD-19, is many stories, hundreds of stories, or, in our communitie…

Renovations for the Scarsdale High School auditorium and about three dozen other expenditures totaling $3.4 million will likely be deferred or cut, due to an urgent need to trim expenses from …

Seniors: Maryellen Saenger, and her team of volunteers, are at your service. There’s only one catch: you have to request help or she and her helpers won’t know you need it.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, April 9, that golf courses are non-essential and will close.

During their first virtual Zoom meeting March 24, the village trustees unanimously passed a resolution to transfer approximately $1.25 million from the 2019-20 budget into a contingency accoun…

With most of us sequestered at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems there’s nowhere to go. Yet incredibly, more than a hundred Scarsdale residents have logged thousands of miles whil…

A White Plains resident queued up her car March 23 in a line at Scarsdale Medical Group (SMG) on Heathcote Road. She was one of dozens of patients coming each day to SMG’s drive-through COVID-…

If there is any silver lining to the novel coronavirus pandemic, perhaps it is that we have all been momentarily reminded of our intrinsic commonality: we are all humans occupying the same pla…

It started with limiting large gatherings, then moved to smaller gatherings. Now it’s no gatherings.

With families social distancing or quarantining at home due to the national outbreak of COVID-19, the Edgemont Community Council developed a community connect program to help get supplies to h…

The family decided this week that the well-intentioned project was not going to work out.

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of U.S. colleges have closed their campuses in one of the country’s latest efforts to help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students were gi…

The Inquirer interviewed Major Patrick Cordova, who was with 66 National Guard personnel deployed to help with deep cleaning throughout the JCC of Mid-Westchester on Monday. The troops will mo…

In a continuing effort to help stem the community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Edgemont School District announced on March 16 that district buildings would remain closed to students…

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, slowed it to a crawl and made us stop to think about the precariousness of the ordinary and the power of the unknown.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, municipalities and school districts are dreaming up new ways to communicate with the public and conduct regular business without endangering the welfare of town,…

Like the rest of the world, Evan Moretti is at the mercy of COVID-19.

After a Scarsdale Middle School faculty member tested positive for COVID-19, schools closed March 9 and classes ceased for a week. But Scarsdale schools officially launched e-learning — or dis…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Westchester County Executive George Latimer each declared a state of emergency earlier this week due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, which led, in part, to a mandated cl…

The COVID-19 pandemic led New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue an executive order Monday, March 16, delaying village elections statewide. Scarsdale and other Westchester municipalities with ele…

An 89-year-old resident of Scarsdale who died Sunday morning, March 15, may have been a victim of COVID-19. The woman had been tested for coronavirus one day earlier and, according to a releas…

Scarsdale officials this evening announced village hall administrative offices will close March 16-20, but the clerk’s office will be open Monday, March 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for electio…

After a middle school faculty member tested positive for COVID-19 and Scarsdale schools closed for eight days as a precautionary measure, students are processing how the days off will affect t…

Throughout all of the twists and turns of this COVID-19 epidemic, one key fact has persisted: the people most seriously affected by the COVID-19 or novel coronavirus are those over the age of …

Scarsdale Public Schools announced Sunday, March 8, that all schools in the district would close March 9 through March 18 “in an abundance of caution” after school officials learned a middle s…

The World Health Organization labeled the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, Wednesday, March 11, with more than 1,000 people infected in the U.S., and the number of confirmed cases is e…

The feelings of outrage and shock that erupted over perceived bigotry toward China at an emergency preparedness meeting at village hall Tuesday night nearly overshadowed the sense of urgency a…

“Tao, are you sure you still want to go back to China for the Spring Festival? There is a new coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan right now,” a close friend asked me through WeChat (the equivalent o…

Members of Scarsdale’s Chinese-American community took offense at a presentation by Dr. Harish Moorjani, medical director for the Infectious Disease Clinic at Westchester Medical Center, as he…

Communication, cancellations and a call for calm in preventing an outbreak of COVID-19 in the school district was at the top of the agenda at the Edgemont Board of Education meeting Tuesday, M…

Even in the best of times, broaching serious subjects with children can be tricky. And these are most definitely not the best of times. With coronavirus circulating in the community, it’s hard…

Dr. Kenneth Croen of Scarsdale Medical Group, an infectious disease specialist affiliated with White Plains Hospital, said his office has been “inundated” in recent days and he’s concerned abo…

The familiar thud of a lacrosse ball bouncing off an outside wall of the gym. The sound of a disc whirling through the air at the turf field. Running shoes pounding the oval track.

Scarsdale Public Schools announced Sunday night, March 8, that all schools in the district will close March 9 through March 18 “in an abundance of caution” and “social distancing” after school…

Pandemic fears turned into local reality this week as the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus impacted Westchester County.

The 1918 influenza pandemic, caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin, was the most severe pandemic in recent history. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the v…

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread overseas, some parents of students in Scarsdale are questioning the school district about specific measures being taken to protect the school commu…

In response to the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Scarsdale’s large Chinese community “has been on high alert,” a…