COVID-19 Updates

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The world is finally opening up and travelers are eager to head overseas this summer after more than a year of travel opportunities curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bags are packed and flig…

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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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The room had a hum of excitement as students scurried around huddled in groups working on their projects. Laser-focused on the task at hand, students tinkered with aluminum foil, helping one a…

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Tuesday, July 6, was a long time coming for the Scarsdale Recreation Department as full summer sports camps, day camp and teen travel camp returned to the village for the first time since 2019.

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As the lone varsity team not permitted to compete during the 2020-21 school year, the Scarsdale cheerleaders are concerned that 2021-22 will be more of the same, so they, along with their pare…

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Updated June 18: to watch the program replay, go to https://youtu.be/oBGcs1j8_IQ.

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Following a barrage of confusing messages to parents and school officials over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, June 7 that the state would allow school districts to decide whe…

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Artists in all fields felt deeply the effects of the pandemic last year. Some had to deal with loss of jobs and opportunities; others felt empty of inspiration and energy to create. Finally, a…

Vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most indoor settings in New York. This pandemic health policy change went into effect May 19 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York State w…

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Following approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and New York State, 15-year-old Andrew Cavalier quickly registered for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment to receive his first dose o…

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For most of us, 2020 was a year we’d rather forget. Yet we all can admit, albeit reluctantly, there were some aspects of it that do merit reflection. The depth of our resilience became evident…

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As John Catoliato tells it, the main challenges facing music education at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School during COVID are the same as those before the pandemic: space and time. Only now, he says…

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Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp (SVAC) has partnered with the Westchester County Department of Health to provide in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound Scarsdale residents 18 years of a…

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The physical education class exemption that Scarsdale High School sophomores, juniors and seniors who join an interscholastic athletic team are eligible for will return next week. Physical edu…

Two days after beating Mamaroneck, the Scarsdale football team found out about a positive COVID-19 case on the team on Monday, April 12. The Raiders are quarantined for 10 days and will be rel…

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The Scarsdale School Board and Village Board of Trustees met March 22 to review a number of common concerns and projects. Among the boards’ immediate concerns are the need to recruit and hire …

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A starving artist Jill Krutick isn’t. A graduate of The Wharton School and NYU Stern School of Business, she spent 16 successful years in finance at Citibank and Warner Music before turning a …

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New STAR assessment proficiency data revealed that students in grades 3-5 scored relatively the same in math and reading proficiency between winter 2020 and winter 2021.

On Friday, March 26, Scarsdale Schools sent an email blast to Scarsdale families about a “bank fraud” guilty plea by former Sovereign Health Chief Investment Officer Barton Schack. Last year, …

It’s been a long journey for the village’s 2021-22 budget. A difficult financial year marred by the ever-present coronavirus pandemic extended the village’s normal budgeting process, resulting…

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Ben Boykin, chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators who represents the 5th District, which includes a large portion of White Plains and all of Scarsdale and West Harrison, partici…

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As of Wednesday morning, March 31, just over 6 million New Yorkers had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. Though some may have thei…

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Nolan Bansal has been going to the Scarsdale Public Library since he was a little kid. Years later, the library continued to be a special place for him as a senior at Scarsdale High School. He…

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When the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon New York in March 2020 it landed right before Easter, one of the holiest periods for Protestants and Catholics, a time when family and friends gather …

As if four two-way starters getting injured in the first game of the delayed, shortened season wasn’t a tough enough blow for the Edgemont football team, one day prior to their second game of …

Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) has reopened the Dine the ‘Dale outdoor dining space in Scarsdale Village on Spencer Place between Harwood Court and East Parkway.

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The mileposts are set. Edgemont schools are preparing to reopen with full-time, in-person learning.

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Twenty-seven teams competed safely at the Section 1 winter cheerleading championships. Scarsdale High School was not one of those teams. And, as of now, the girls will not compete in the curre…

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A cause for celebration for many administrators in the district, grades 3-5 joined K-2 in moving to full-time, in-person instruction on March 22, a little over a year since the coronavirus pan…

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David Raizen called Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ new designation as a community paramedicine provider, “An ounce of prevention.”

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The pandemic has been tough for young athletes.

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The village board of trustees agreed on March 15 to increase fund balance appropriations to $2.58 million in order to reduce the 2021-22 village budget’s tax levy to 2.99%.

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Edgemont Schools are on track to bring back all students who wish to be in-person by the end of April.

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Scarsdale may be getting a piece of the pie with the Congressional passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package this week, which President Joseph Biden signed into law on Thursday. The…

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Mayor Marc Samwick and Village Manager Steve Pappalardo responded to a continued influx of emails and calls to village hall from taxpayers who missed tax payment deadlines due to confusion ove…

With guidance changing often and without notice, athletic departments have been adapting on the fly all school year. After Westchester County and Section 1 changed guidance on spectators recen…

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With COVID-19 cases declining in Westchester and a return to full-time in-person elementary education slated for later this month, the Scarsdale School District announced plans this week to re…

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On March 9, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that, beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Government employees, nonprofit workers …

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Edgemont athletics isn’t messing around when it comes to high-risk sports at the high school. The Pantherdome and the San Marco Gymnasium, used mostly for basketball and wrestling, respectivel…

When COVID-19 made landfall in Westchester County in March 2020, Renee Recchia said she thought it would be a “blip on the radar.” As an employee of the Westchester County Department of Health…

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Some fundraisers strike the perfect note — a local virtual concert, scheduled for next weekend, will certainly fit the bill. On Sunday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., Emily Hansen, a Fox Meadow resid…

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On Thursday, March 4, as Scarsdale ice hockey coach James Synowiez was writing an email to parents about senior night, he found out he would have to change his message entirely. Due to players…

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It’s good to connect the dots. It’s also good for municipalities to know what other municipalities are doing to solve similar problems. Good government doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel.

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Two spectators per home team student-athlete were permitted for fall high school sports events, but when it was announced that no fans were allowed for high-risk winter sports, school district…

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District administrators presented a first draft of the proposed 2021-22 school budget to the Edgemont Board of Education Tuesday, March 2. Unlike regular board meetings, the budget work sessio…

At a school budget study session March 1 — the second of three planned sessions — Scarsdale School District administrators reviewed the preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year in the co…

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The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is considering changes to its social distancing guidelines for school districts amid pressure from local government officials who have been pushin…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced March 3 that nearly 5 million New Yorkers had received COVID-19 vaccinations as of March 3, and he said event, arts and entertainment venues in the state can reo…

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After several marathon meetings since January and two previous draft passes, the village revealed a $60.1 million tentative budget for FY2021-22 at the budget briefing session on Feb. 24.

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When the village set out to adopt a two-installment tax collection system last year, the rationale was simple. The payment system, which is common practice in other municipalities in Westchest…

Two days after playing their first game of the season, 12 Scarsdale High School varsity boys basketball players were notified by school officials they were required to quarantine through Satur…

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Based on the amount of passion and high level of intensity in the Scarsdale High School wrestling room since Feb. 9, you’d never know the Raiders weren’t preparing for a competitive season. Wi…

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Two days after playing their first game of the season, 12 Scarsdale High School varsity boys basketball players were notified by school officials they are required to quarantine through Saturd…

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After a successful low- and moderate-risk fall sports season and with bowling, gymnastics, skiing and swimming/diving set to have postseason next week for winter, the only local sport to fall …

As a follow-up to its guidelines on high-risk interscholastic athletics, the Westchester County Department of Health released documents pertaining to recreation and club sports Thursday, Feb. 11.

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Village staff reviewed and increased estimated revenues in multiple categories in the 2021-22 budget, decreasing the proposed budget gap by $192,500 to $1.6 million.

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Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced Friday, Feb. 19, that residents in parts of Yonkers and Mount Vernon will be able to begin making an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccin…

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A new quarantine scenario arose for Scarsdale High School on Tuesday, Feb. 16. In an email to parents, district administration alerted the community that an unspecified team was ordered to qua…

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only half of the 48 wrestling teams in Section 1 will compete this winter. Edgemont is among that group. Scarsdale, currently, is not.

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New data released by the New York State Department of Health revealed that the Ambassador of Scarsdale, an assisted living facility on Saxon Woods Road, recorded 19 confirmed COVID-19 deaths —…

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Sunday, Feb. 14, was a big day, not just for lovers. On Valentine’s Day, New York State opened up well over 200,000 appointment slots at state-run mass vaccination centers, in addition to intr…

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The Scarsdale Police Department adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic through personnel and budget reallocations. For example, about $231,000 is allocated annually for school cros…

The board of trustees took incremental action in the 2021-22 village budget process Feb. 9, approving hikes in the recreation department’s fees and charges, including a pool membership increas…

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Scarsdale may add a summer enrichment program for elementary school students if there is enough interest from parents. The program, budgeted at a cost of $250,000, would be funded against tax …

The coronavirus’ tendency to spread quickly among tightly packed groups of people has resulted in a mass exodus from New York City to the suburbs, including Scarsdale, as people seek more room…

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Between the school and athletic department’s COVID-19 protocols being well thought out and thus far having prevented spread of the virus, the district’s plan to implement testing for high-risk…

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Basketball and ice hockey were given the go-ahead for full contact practice and competition by the Scarsdale Board of Education Feb. 8, Monday night — actually Tuesday morning when the school …

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In an email on Friday, Feb. 5, Scarsdale schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman alerted the community about “another important step towards a more normalized school experience for our stud…

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For art aficionados, perhaps no pastime has been harder to forgo during the pandemic than lingering in museums, pouring over new and exciting finds. But local culture vultures can now rejoice:…

Though the village saw decreased revenues across the board due to the pandemic, the building department has been an outlier, keeping pace with increased demand for house additions and alterati…

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To explain the core concept of her latest project, Scarsdale artist Marnie Gelfman uses a quote attributed to Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist o…

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The COVID pandemic has, by and large, been a time of sorrow. But Brooke Diamond, a Scarsdale High School 10th grader and Fox Meadow resident, has distilled her experiences over the past year i…

From cameras to Chromebooks, infrastructure to interactive panels, Paul Garofano, Edgemont’s director of technology and information, reviewed the district’s remote and hybrid instruction, whic…

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If it hadn’t been for the snowstorm that cost districts two days of in-person school on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1 and 2, some Section 1 schools would have started their official full-contact …

In an ongoing effort to gather community response to its bond proposal to fund major construction at all three schools, Edgemont School District administrators asked the town of Greenburgh Pol…

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During a work session on Jan. 21, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Brian Gray submitted proposed recreation fees and charges for 2021-22, including a possible 30% increase in fees for mu…

The Scarsdale Board of Trustees started the budgeting process last week amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated municipal revenues across the country and forced many municip…

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On Monday, Feb. 1, Westchester County Executive George Latimer clarified that high-risk sports were approved for Feb. 1 as of Jan. 27 and that the county DOH met Friday, Jan. 29 to go over gui…

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The Scarsdale Board of Education heard a budget presentation Jan. 11 that focused on staffing recommendations and projected enrollment for the 2021-22 school year.

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In the spring it was hiking and biking, in the summer it was tennis and this winter it’s platform tennis. Outdoor activities continue to dominate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Four hours after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, some Scarsdale residents held a small …

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Crashing websites, no available appointments and waning supply. Senior adults in Scarsdale, who have already been dealing with unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are now de…

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The town of Greenburgh has launched a COVID vaccine “angels” program to help residents, 65 and older, who do not have access to computers, or may lack the computer or smartphone skills needed …

The New York State Senate has passed a comprehensive bill that enacts a four-month foreclosure and eviction moratorium for renters, homeowners and small landlords facing financial hardships du…

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For a third time since the pandemic began, the Scarsdale Board of Trustees Jan. 12 voted unanimously to extend two provisions that allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining and allow downtown …

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The River’s Edge Theatre Co., founded in August 2019, isn’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic obstruct its mission of using theater “to reflect the human experience, spark conversation, and inspir…

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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 s…

The past year has slammed us with the unpredictability of unique events, many of them unspeakably horrible. An out-of-control pandemic, a tsunami of mail-in ballots, violently contested electi…

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The results are mixed when it comes to securing appointments for the COVID-19 vaccines, but the education community had an overall sense of joy when unexpectedly being added to New York State’…

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos spent time in White Plains overseeing the conversion of the Westchester County Center from an entertainment ve…

Never have I ever thought I would finish college at home during a pandemic, but here we are.

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The 2021-22 budget process began in earnest on Dec. 21 with a preliminary report by Scarsdale Schools Assistant Superintendent Stuart Mattey highlighting year-end and long-term financial proje…

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Though it was a challenge at the time, Scarsdale coach Jennifer Roane now knows how good she had it in the fall. Going from coaching tennis outdoors with very little close contact and equipmen…

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Leah Breakstone and Ariel Weinsaft had just been named co-editors-in-chief of Scarsdale High School’s longstanding news publication Maroon when the pandemic started to sweep across New York.

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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 co…

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The following was sent to Edgemont schools district parents on Saturday, Dec. 19:

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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 Churc…

During the village’s inaugural budget work session Dec. 15, treasurer Ann Scaglione presented year-end projections for the 2020-21 budget, which includes a $3.5 million revenue shortfall and a…

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The following letter was sent to the Scarsdale schools community Friday afternoon, Dec. 18:

A hopeful point in the pandemic. A light at the end of the tunnel.

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While there are as many questions as there are answers about the first COVID-19 vaccine released this week, the look on the faces of front-line workers taking the vaccine, which you could stil…

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Tucked away in a little corner of Elmsford, a slight turn off of New York State Route 100, sits a long, short building that is Feeding Westchester’s warehouse. A branch of the Feeding America …

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To gain insights into what academic life has been like for students during the first half of the 2020-21 school year, the Scarsdale Board of Education met with a group of Scarsdale High School…

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Expecting a long and arduous 2021 budget process due to the unpredictable consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scarsdale Board of Trustees decided in a work session Dec. 8 to continue it…

In an effort to accommodate students in Greenville and Seely Place schools with learning differences, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Joseph Schippa outlined a plan to transition qualifyi…

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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-plu…

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While the fall interscholastic athletic season was by no means easy, it had one major thing going for it: it was outdoors. Indoor spaces present a much different dynamic when it comes to the C…

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Local physicians continue to offer their expertise to help the Scarsdale School District navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Again on Monday night, Drs. Kim Greene-Liebowitz and Richard Schutzer, …

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The White Plains Library has compiled a list of local COVID-19 testing sites and the types of testing each location provides. The schedules and availability of testing varies and are subject t…

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused municipal revenue to nosedive and costs to skyrocket, forcing some towns to consider a property tax increase. In order to stave off a tax hike, the town of …

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Leslie Kimmelman’s latest book, “The Eight Knights of Hanukkah,” tells the story of a diverse group of children — mounted on steeds and clad in armor — who save the Jewish holiday that marks a…

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The Scarsdale School District announced Wednesday, Dec. 2, that it had reached an agreement with Sovereign Labs, a division of Sovereign Health, to provide COVID-19 testing for students and staff.

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Maria Ciampi’s birthday is Dec. 25 so it’s no coincidence, said the Hartsdale resident, that someday she’d write the original book for “Kris Kringle, the Musical,” an off-Broadway show about C…

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In light of the pandemic-related restrictions on both public and private gatherings, this year’s Light the ’Dale tree lighting and festivities to launch the holiday season will be held virtual…

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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 thos…

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The award-winning New Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. John T. King, opens its 27th season with a virtual production of the beloved holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, Friday, Dec. 4…

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Due to a recent positive diagnosis and subsequent contact tracing involving the Scarsdale Village Building Department personnel, no in-person services are available from the building departmen…

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For more than a quarter-century, the Scarsdale Young Writers’ Workshop (YWW) has inspired and encouraged local third through fifth graders, among whom there could very well be a pint-sized Pro…

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Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman gave an update about the district’s plan should New York State designate Scarsdale as a micro-cluster in a yellow, orange or red zone in an…

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On Friday, Nov. 20, just 10 days before low- and moderate-risk interscholastic winter sports were scheduled to begin, Section 1 announced it was moving the state-approved Nov. 30 start date to…

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As if any more confirmation were needed, a survey to Scarsdale High School parents, teachers and students has solidified proof of their objection to cross-cohort streaming, a learning strategy…

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Village Manager Steve Pappalardo told the village board of trustees Nov. 24 that 14 village employees in the Department of Public Works were affected by a COVID-19 diagnosis or through contact…

Responding to mandated testing procedures that school officials said would be “unsustainable,” the Westchester Putnam School Board Association (WPSBA) called on New York State legislators on N…

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“We’re here on a mission,” said a customer shopping Monday, Nov. 23, at La Dentelliere, a mainstay on East Parkway in Scarsdale for 35 years. Store owner Michelle Anderson laughed and said, “W…

A panel of mental health professionals who work in the Scarsdale Public School system gathered Tuesday, Nov. 10, to discuss a topic dominating discussions among parents and educators alike: Ho…

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School board members showed dismay at the board of education meeting Monday, Nov. 16, when district architect Kevin Walsh projected a September 2022 end date for when portable classrooms could…

Earlier this month, a three-minute time limit was established for public comments at school board meetings, but Scarsdale’s Board of Education will consider responding to speakers in real time.

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Not yet ready to say “uncle” when it comes to the possibility of high-risk winter sports basketball, ice hockey, wrestling and competitive cheerleading competing this winter, New York State Pu…

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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 …

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The following was sent to parents late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 19:

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The Restart Steering Committee, the group tasked with analyzing the school district’s reopening protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic, reaffirmed the district’s commitment to 6 feet of physi…

With 10 active cases of COVID-19 in Scarsdale as of Nov. 10, we are fortunate the infection rates are not surging as they are in other areas, but 10 is double the number of cases we had a month ago.

Following an increase in coronavirus cases in the tri-state area, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new restrictions on Nov. 11 aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

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After consulting with “state officials,” New York State Public High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas tweeted Monday that “low and moderate-risk winter sports” — …

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The following was sent to parents late Wednesday night and posted on social media Thursday morning:

Addressing six pre-determined topics and answering nearly 50 questions from the chat function of Zoom, Scarsdale School District cabinet members spent 90 minutes Thursday, Oct. 29, updating th…

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Parents of students in grades K-2 may be getting what they’ve been asking for.

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The sparse turnout at the voting site inside Scarsdale High School on Election Day at 5 p.m., four hours before polls were due to close, was far from indicative of the ardor with which the Sca…

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After conducting 39 virtual focus groups on Zoom with some 400 students, parents, teachers and administrators over a week beginning Oct. 19, the Tri-State Consortium compiled feedback and rele…

The Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) will close its doors after 45 years of business due to COVID-19, according to a statement released Oct. 26.

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As municipalities continue to contend with the financial toll from the coronavirus pandemic, Scarsdale Village officials presented a new revenue shortfall projection during a work session Oct. 27.

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While the district contends with the reopening of school during the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of education has calculated the pandemic’s effects on the 2019-20 budget. During a board meetin…

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With data-driven feedback collected from parents, caregivers and teachers, Edgemont school administrators recommended the district hold off on providing full-day classes for students in grades…

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After running surveys for five days, Scarsdale School District released sample results Oct. 28 of responses provided by elementary, middle and high school parents, students and teachers who as…

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We are where we expected we’d be — actually better.

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At the request of Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman, the Tri-State Consortium conducted 39 focus groups over Zoom representing close to 400 students, parents, teachers and a…

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It was bad enough Cooper Cohen was going to have to watch his senior season of boys soccer at Scarsdale High School from the sidelines after tearing his ACL in August — now he can’t even do that.

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Between Thursday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Scarsdale School District confirmed four more positive COVID-19 cases among the school community. The first and fourth both led to a cancel…

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With an Ardsley runner on his tail, Edgemont junior Adam Abramowitz crossed the finish line of the first cross-country meet of the season. Mask drenched with and dripping sweat and completely …