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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 recent items will be at the top.

Museum of Modern Art offers free online courses

Immerse yourself in ideas and see your world in new ways through art. In MoMA’s free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), you will hear directly from artists and designers, look closely at works in the museum’s collection and exhibitions, and join a community of learners. Enroll any time and complete the course at your own pace. Visit coursera.org/moma to choose the course and enroll. (Added April 3)

Volunteer New York!

A virtual volunteer center has been set up by Volunteer New York! with opportunities to support your community while homebound. Visit bit.ly/3bM1JSS to help those less fortunate than yourself. (Added April 3)

Craft ideas while sheltering at home

  • Sweet Craft Kits Will Save the Day — get your creativity flowing with an inspiring art challenge
  • Banish “I’m Bored!” with activities for kids
  • 38 Completely Genius Trash-to-Treasure Crafts
  • Amazing Before-and-After Furniture Flips

Free craft classes every Wednesday and Friday will be offered on Facebook at 3 p.m.

  • April 3 — Muffin Cup Flowers: Make a flower arrangement using cupcake and muffin liners
  • April 8 — Toilet Paper Roll Crafts: Turn toilet paper and towel rolls into something fun and magical

And so much more at goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/. (Added April 3)

Virtual WJCS gala available through April 5

WJCS-Westchester Jewish Community Services' Gala on March 31, which pivoted from an in-person gala to an online event due to the coronavirus and need for social isolation, was an overwhelming success. Almost 1,200 people visited the nonprofit organization's website WJCS.com to take part.

The gala had all of the elements of an in-person gala (except food and drink). Videos included “The Faces of WJCS,” words of welcome by Diamond and WJCS board member Mariquita Blumberg, and speeches by honorees Ellen Gelboim and Bob Mensch. Four of WJCS' 80-plus programs were featured in the Give for Good Auction with individuals sharing on video their personal and moving stories of overcoming mental health problems, dealing with the emotional repercussions of being a second generation Holocaust survivor, needing a safe space as an LGBTQ youth, and experiencing relief and gratitude as the parent of a young adult with developmental disabilities who has gained fulfillment and more independent living in a WJCS group home. Donors also gave generously to WJCS's COVID-19 emergency initiative.

For those who didn't have the opportunity to take part in the WJCS Virtual but Vital Gala or the Give for Good Auction, the gala will stay "live" on WJCS.com through Sunday, April 5. (Added April 2)

ICES offers student scholarships

International Cultural Exchange Services invites high school juniors and seniors who value the importance of cross-cultural understanding to apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships. “Why is cross-cultural understanding important to our future?” Share your thoughts in a 750- to 1,500-word essay on this topic.

ICES is a nonprofit youth exchange organization which offers high school students the opportunity to study abroad while living with a host family and to study in a local high school for an academic year or semester.

Completed application and essay must be submitted by email by May 1.

For more information, visit bit.ly/2wdb72U. (Added April 2)

ShopRite hiring

Wakefern Food Corp. and its cooperative members are hiring to fill a variety of positions at both retail stores and warehouses to help service the dramatic increase in demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Store associates across the cooperative’s five retail banners, including ShopRite, are working around the clock to provide essential services and are seeking to fill hundreds of positions to ensure communities have access to fresh foods and necessities.

Workers hired will benefit from a temporary $2 per hour wage premium that went into effect Sunday, March 22. New associates may also benefit from enhanced sick leave and attendance policies designed to assist with financial and health concerns.

If interested, visit https://bit.ly/3bD2hui. (Added April 2)

Census 2020

While probably not at the forefront of your mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget to complete the 2020 census. If you haven’t already filled it out, go to 2020census.gov/en.html to make sure you count. (Added April 2)

Scarsdale library update

The Scarsdale Public Library has updated its website for easy access to all online resources during the pandemic. When visiting its homepage, scarsdalelibrary.org, new categories are provided including eBooks, eAudio, Entertainment, Online Programs & Activities, Student Resources, and more. (Added April 2)

Send a message of appreciation to hospital workers

As White Plains Hospital meets the demand of an influx of COVID-19 patients, its teams are working around the clock to heal the sick and prevent the spread of disease.

The hospital has been flooded with an outpouring of community support — whether it’s donated food, supplies or heartfelt tributes. More people are reaching out every day to ask “How can I help?” 

A community outreach opportunity available to everyone is a messaging frame available to all at bit.ly/3dMnrrL. People can use it to write a message, draw a picture or get creative to celebrate these essential frontline workers. These messages can be shared on social media with #WPHCommunityLove and emailed to: wphcmail@wphospital.org or mailed to: White Plains Hospital Community Love, 101 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601.

All messages will be on display at the hospital for all frontline workers to read during shift changes and breaks. In addition, those wishing to make a donation to the hospital during this critical time can do so at wphospital.org/covid19help. (Added April 1)

Greenburgh outreach

A list of supermarkets and pharmacies that have home delivery services is posted on the Greenburgh website at greenburghny.com.

It's safer for people to stay at home as much as possible since the number of people with coronavirus is increasing. If you are a senior in Edgemont, Hartsdale or Unincorporated Greenburgh, or know of seniors there who need help and are not receiving assistance, contact Town Supervisor Paul Feiner at pfeiner@greenburghny.com or 914-438-1343, the town of Greenburgh Nutrition Program Director Lynda Maranino at lmaranino@greenburghny.com, 914-989-1807, or Greenburgh Department of Community Resources Commissioner André G. Early at tharper@greenburghny.com, 914-989-3620. (Added April 1)

Metro-North Railroad schedule

Metro-North Railroad is operating on a Saturday schedule on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines until further notice. The amended schedule provides all-day service for health care workers, first responders and essential employees who are on the frontlines of this public health crisis, from early in the morning until after midnight. The schedule has additional trains in the morning and afternoon peak periods, and hourly service during off-peak midday and evening periods.

During this special schedule, off-peak fares will be in effect. The reduction in service follows a significant drop in ridership in response to federal, state and local health precautionary directives against COVID-19. The measure is also being taken to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.

  • On weekends, there will be no train or bus service between Wassaic and Southeast.
  • Starting Saturday, April 4, an hourly service will run on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines on weekends until further notice.
  • The previously publicized March 29 schedule change will not go into effect until further notice.

You can access the amended schedule at bit.ly/2QXn8k7.

For train times, and real-time arrival and departure times on your phone, go to bit.ly/2UT8BXN.

Also, the north end entrances of Grand Central Terminal are closed until further notice. Other areas of the terminal may be closed temporarily on a periodic basis to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

All ticket offices are temporarily closed for coronavirus precautions. Customers can use cash, credit, debit and contactless cards at ticket vending machines to make their ticket purchases. Customers can also go to mta.info/mta-eTix-promo, the electronic ticketing app that works directly from your smartphone.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, stations are being disinfected twice daily, trains are being sanitized daily, and a complete cleaning of trains is being performed every 72 hours. (Added April 1)

Small Business Association simplifies application for loans

The Small Business Administration has established a new, simplified, online application portal for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The portal can be reached at sba.gov/disaster.

Businesses that successfully submitted an application or uploaded documents late last week via the temporary document upload portal do not have to take additional action as their applications have been received for processing. Anyone that was unable to complete an application on the prior application portal and/or did not upload their application to the document upload portal, should restart their application via the new portal.

Advances of up to $10,000 on Economic Injury Disaster Loans also may be available through a form on the portal. If approved, these funds can be used for payroll and other operating expenses and will be forgiven. This advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending. If you wish to apply for the advance on your EIDL, visit sba.gov/disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application. (Added April 1)

Scarsdale Adult School moves classes online

All in-person classes of the Scarsdale Adult School are canceled through May 31. Online learning via Zoom will begin Monday, April 6.

To find online classes visit bit.ly/2wWTWCO, where they are displayed near the top of the All Classes page. There are classes in humanities, recreation, skill development and enhancement, and personal and professional growth. More classes will be added daily.

Before attending an online class using Zoom, students should familiarize themselves with the audio and video settings on the computer, laptop or mobile device that they intend to use for class. The Zoom Help Center offers a number of tutorials designed to introduce you to that app, including an informative video on how to join a Zoom meeting as a participant, at bit.ly/3aLYKcQ.

If you have an idea for a new e-class or instructor, contact Executive Director Jill Serling at director@scarsdaleadultschool.org.

This week's free edutainment offers two special events that had been recorded thanks to the A/V department of the Scarsdale School District: a visit with author Dani Shapiro from June 11, 2019 at vimeo.com/360530477 and Tales from the ’Dale and Beyond from March 14, 2019 at vimeo.com/329939915.

Check back regularly to browse the catalog as more online courses are offered. (Added April 1)

Scarsdale library resources

The Scarsdale library staff is checking email Monday to Friday at scaref@wismail.org and is available to answer questions and help with online resources. They have expanded their e-book and audiobook collection and can recommend reading selections. They can also point patrons in the right direction for research and films.

Some online resources available:

  • Tutor.com has expanded hours; students can now reach a tutor from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday until June 15. Library card and PIN number are required.
  • LearningExpress Library™ includes resources such as skills development, practice tests and college prep. Also a Software Skills Center for those who want to improve their skills.
  • Kanopy at wls.kanopy.com has more than 30,000 documentaries, classic, foreign and Indie films on desktop, mobile and Roku. Now you can watch 20 films per month; visit bit.ly/2UAC5eh for a list of films that do not use your credits.
  • Acorn TV at bit.ly/2WVWmw6 streams mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain and beyond. Binge watch a classic series or discover a new favorite show. Unlimited seven-day passes.
  • Hoopla (hoopladigital.com) offers more than a million titles in six different formats: movies, TV, music albums, audiobooks, e-books and comics/graphic novels. Limits have been increased to 10 credits per month.
  • Cloud Library has 60 new titles in both audio and e-book form with more to come.
  • OverDrive also has new e-books and audiobooks. Download the Libby by Overdrive app, then log in with your card number and PIN. (Added March 31)

Volunteer Service Awards available

The Junior League of Central Westchester seeks female high school juniors in central Westchester — Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale or White Plains — who are committed to community service to apply for one of its Volunteer Service Awards, which includes $500. Applicants must attend one of the high schools in the area.

The award is given to promote volunteerism and to support the development of young women.

The JLCW is an organization of more than 225 women from Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains who work with local nonprofit organizations to identify community needs and develop effective and responsive programs to serve those needs. The organization provides leadership, volunteers and funding for community projects.

For an application, visit bit.ly/JLCWVSA or email the League’s community development director at JLCWcommunitydevelopment@gmail.com for the application and additional details.

Applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by June 1. (Added March 31)

Broadway online: a theater lover’s guide to streaming

Below is a list of Netflix offerings including live recordings of original productions from Broadway and beyond. For those who don’t subscribe to Netflix, there is a 30-day free trial period. You may cancel any time before the 30 days are up; Netflix will email a reminder three days before the 30-day period ends. The trial period includes all Netflix TV shows and movies as well.

“Jersey Boys,” a 2014 film starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda. Adapted from the Broadway musical and starring Broadway’s original Frankie Valli, Clint Eastwood directs this musical film that takes a closer look at how four guys from New Jersey came together to form one of the most iconic music groups of the 1960s, The Four Seasons. Visit netflix.com/title/70299748.

“Oh, Hello on Broadway,” a 2017 Broadway show starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Stand-up comedians Mulaney and Kroll star as “two delusional geriatrics,” in a recording of their hit limited-run Broadway engagement. Visit netflix.com/title/80168221.

“Springsteen on Broadway,” a 2018 Broadway show starring Bruce Springsteen. The rock star’s one-man show includes his playing acoustic versions of some of his greatest hits and sharing personal life stories. Visit netflix.com/title/80232329.

“Shrek the Musical,” a 2013 Broadway show starring Brian d’Arcy James, Sutton Foster and Christopher Sieber. This kid-friendly tale of how a crotchety monster with a heart of gold finds his true love and saves his kingdom from the evil Lord Farquaad has a musical score by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire and is fun for all to watch. Visit netflix.com/title/70253398.

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a 2007 film starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. The film was adapted from the Tony Award-winning 1979 musical of the same name, which also held Broadway revivals in 1989 and 2005. Directed by Tim Burton. Visit netflix.com/title/70077544.

“Mike Birbiglia: The New One,” a 2019 Broadway show starring Mike Birbiglia. The three-month run of this performance was filmed on Broadway. It’s a hilarious yet profound one-man show of Birbiglia’s emotional and physical journey to parenthood. Visit netflix.com/title/81062293.

“American Son,” a 2019 film starring Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale and Jeremy Jordan. The film team features the same writer, director and reprise performances by the original cast. Staged more like a play than a movie, the performance captures the same compelling energy from the Broadway version. Visit netflix.com/title/81024100. (Added March 31)

Zoom virtual class: Seed starting 101

For those who enjoy gardening, Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold an online class Wednesday, April 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., through Zoom. After you register you'll get a link to the online class. Grow everything from artichokes to zucchini from seed at home. Save money and enjoy the miraculous process of seed germination and plant growth in your home and get your garden started early.

Techniques covered will be cold stratification and scarification as well as simple recipes for making your own potting and fertilizer mixes. Tools such as grow lights, heat mats and soil blocks will be discussed. Instructor Jennie Cramer is CCE’s horticulture program manager and coordinates the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. She is a former conservation biologist with a passion for organic gardening, regenerative agriculture, natural history and botanical education. She is especially smitten with the intricacies of seeds.

The fee is $10 to $30 per person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford. (Note: There is an option when you register for "Corona Virus Solidarity Pricing" for those who find themselves unable to pay at this time.) For more info, visit bit.ly/33VkXTr. Register at bit.ly/2WTGudJ.

Questions? Contact Cramer at jrc10@cornell.edu or 607-272-2292, ext. 146.

To download and install Zoom: Go to zoom.us/download and from the Download Center click on the Download button under “Zoom Client For Meetings.” This application will automatically download when you start your first Zoom meeting but installing before class is a good idea. Once the download is complete proceed with installing the Zoom application onto your computer. Once Zoom is installed click on the emailed Zoom link to begin viewing the class in Zoom. (Added March 30)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Q and A

The U.S. Department of Labor has posted Questions and Answers regarding implementation of certain provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Visit bit.ly/39tLKY7.

The Department of Labor has also issued the following implementation guidance pursuant to the FFCRA:

Children's concerts on YouTube

The Scarsdale Public Library has made available two concerts for children. Chi-Chi has recorded a full program, 30 minutes in length, for children up to 5 years old. She introduces the audience to the violin and the viola. It can be seen at youtube.com/watch?v=-Ljpr_loPSI.

And Robert the Guitar Guy has recorded a few songs for children’s listening. View at youtube.com/watch?v=YMWwn0klUfs. (Added March 27)

SAS classes canceled through May 31; youtube videos available

The Scarsdale Adult School will begin the process of refunding all tuition for classes canceled through May 31 automatically, using the method of original payment, unless notified by March 27, with alternate instructions. Refunds will be issued as quickly as possible, starting on March 30. Should you be in a position to forgo the automatic refund, consider converting your tuition into a tax-deductible donation to Scarsdale Adult School or into a credit for use toward a future class.

Enjoy two videos from Anthony Robins, who had been scheduled to lead architectural walking tours this spring of Soho and of Rockefeller Center. “Art Deco Architecture in New York City” at youtube.com/watch?v=LnmTe6PibB4 is one of his talks given at the Skyscraper Museum in 2017 and “Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark” at youtube.com/watch?v=3Uko_hQ8dV8 which was recorded only a few weeks ago at the Mechanics Institute. (Added March 26)

Landscaping OK?

From Scarsdale Village: "Wondering whether landscapers can operate, #Scarsdale? Guidance is that basic maintenance, like grass cutting or clearing brush, is an essential service; decorative or landscape enhancement/beautification work is not authorized. Our local leaf blower ban begins June 1." (Added March 25)

Scarsdale Schools: breakfast, lunch and child care needs

Gov. Cuomo has requested all school districts provide two services to the community, child care for health care workers and first responders who are vital to the response efforts and food provision for any community members who are in need.

For community members who are serving vital roles in the response to COVID-19 and have no other means of child care, email childcare@scarsdaleschools.org with your request. Include your name, address, the number and age of children, your direct supervisor's contact information (to verify employment and eligibility), and the days and hours needed. Child care can be provided tentatively from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays during the closure. This service is only for vital roles in response to the outbreak and who do not have other child care alternatives.

Additionally, the district is providing breakfast and lunch "grab and go" bags between 11 a.m. and noon at Quaker Ridge Elementary School, 125 Weaver St. This distribution will continue every weekday during the closure. There are no restrictions on this service with the exception of living in the Scarsdale School District. In order to prepare an appropriate amount of food fill out the form at bit.ly/2xs6nXu. Pickup will be provided curbside at the bus circle and you will be asked to show your ID. To reduce the risk of spread, do not leave your car or try to enter the building; staff will meet you at the curb. (Added March 25)

The Safe Coalition offers resources for violence, mental health support

For many people, forced to be at home is not only unsettling but also dangerous. Those who regularly experience family violence (domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse) may see this behavior exacerbated during such stressful times. Survivors and victims can find local and national resources for both violence and mental health support below:

  • Hope’s Door https://hopesdoorny.org/, shelter, counseling, legal assistance
  • Pace Women’s Justice Center — legal assistance in obtaining a Family Court Order of Protection — 914-422-4188 (Legal Clinic), or 914-287-0739 (legal help-line)
  • My Sisters’ Place https://mspny.org/, shelter, counseling, legal assistance
  • Westchester County Office for Women https://women.westchestergov.com/
  • Scarsdale Police Department — 914-722-1200 or 911
  • Westchester DA’s office — 914-995-3000 for legal assistance 
  • https://www.thehotline.org/help/ includes National Domestic Violence hotline.

Despite statewide court reduction in services, a victim of domestic violence can still obtain an Order of Protection, either through the criminal courts or the family courts, or both. If in immediate danger, call the Scarsdale Police Department. (Added March 25)

Unsolicited telemarketing calls prohibited during state of emergency

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection has alerted businesses and consumers about state law related to telemarketing activity during a declared state of emergency. On Dec. 18, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to anyone in an area subject to a declared state of emergency.

The law, which went into effect immediately, makes it unlawful for any telemarketer doing business in New York to make an unsolicited telemarketing sales call to any person in a county, city, town or village under a declared state of emergency or disaster emergency. On March 7, the governor declared a state of emergency relating to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

An “unsolicited telemarketing sales call” means “any telemarketing sales call other than a call made:

  • in response to an express written or verbal request by the customer; or
  • in connection with an established business relationship, which has not been terminated by either party, unless such customer has stated to the telemarketer that such customer no longer wishes to receive the telemarketing sales calls of such telemarketer.”

Any consumer who has received an unsolicited telemarketing sales call during this declared state of emergency is encouraged to report it at donotcall.gov or by calling 888-382-1222. When reporting, be prepared to provide details about the call. (Added March 25)

Anonymous donor to match donations

Westchester Community Foundation has launched the Westchester COVID-19 Response Fund. The public is invited to contribute to this fund. An anonymous donor will match all donations up to $1 million. Initial funding will go to established nonprofits that are addressing the pressing needs of Westchester County’s most vulnerable residents.

In addition, RXR Realty has contributed $1 million to its RXR Building Community Fund which is held at the Westchester Community Foundation. Those funds will support response efforts in the city of New Rochelle.

For more information, go to wcf-ny.org or contact Rossi at lrossi@wcf-ny.org or 914-671-6956. (Added March 25)

Freddie Mac helps borrowers impacted by COVID-19

As a result of the novel coronavirus, Freddie Mac has taken steps to protect those affected, either directly or indirectly. Specifically, for its Single-Family business, the company announced a nationwide suspension of all foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers living in homes owned by the company. It also announced a variety of additional mortgage relief options, including an expansion of its forbearance program, to incorporate additional impacted borrowers. The company also has reminded Servicers of its existing suite of mortgage relief options to assist borrowers, while also making additional disaster-related loan modifications available.

These measures are effective immediately and apply to borrowers unable to make their mortgage payments due to a decline in income resulting from the impact of COVID-19, regardless of whether they have contracted the virus.

Forbearance plans provide borrowers with payment relief for up to 12 months and suspend borrower late charges and penalties. It also suspends reporting to credit bureaus of past due payments of borrowers who are in a forbearance plan as a result of hardships attributable to this national emergency.

Borrowers who may be experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their mortgage servicer — the company they send their monthly mortgage payments to — so they can explore one of the Freddie Mac workout options.

Freddie Mac’s mortgage relief options for borrowers impacted by COVID-19 include:

  • Ensuring payment relief by providing borrowers forbearance for up to 12 months;
  • Waiving assessments of penalties or late fees against borrowers;
  • Suspending the reporting of delinquency related to forbearance, repayment or trial plans to credit bureaus; and
  • Allowing Servicers to offer borrowers additional loss mitigation options that are typically only enacted to address natural disasters. This includes loan modifications that give Servicers options to provide payment relief or keep the payment the same post the forbearance period.

Borrowers are eligible for forbearance regardless of whether their property is owner occupied, a second home or an investment property.

The suspension of foreclosure sales and evictions is effective immediately and applies until May 17, 2020. If necessary, and at the direction of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Freddie Mac may extend the suspension of evictions beyond May 17.

For more information on Freddie Mac mortgage relief, visit My Home by Freddie Mac(SM). (Added March 25)

Westchester County amateur photo contest

The Greenburgh Public Library will host its 11th annual photography competition for adults and high school students Friday, May 1. Entries must be submitted digitally through March 31 as jpeg attachments emailed to photocontest@greenburghlibrary.org. If the library cannot install the exhibit of selected photos on May 1 as scheduled, the works will be displayed virtually online. For contest rules and details, visit greenburghlibrary.org. (Added March 25)

Web event with Carranza, SBA administrator

Jovita Carranza, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will hold a live web event on COVID-19’s economic impacts and the SBA’s targeted relief efforts for the nation’s small businesses Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. To register, visit bit.ly/2UEypXq. Registration is limited to the first 3,000 attendees.

Carranza will join the Small Business Roundtable and CEOs of the leading small business organizations for a discussion on the needs of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners during the economic fallout resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. They will discuss the economic relief efforts underway and resources available. (Added March 25)

Food scrap program updates

#Scarsdale, the curbside food scrap program, has been suspended until further notice. However, the recycling center at 110 Secor Road is operating as usual including accepting food scraps drop-off. (Added March 24)

Scarsdale Sanitation needs your help: COVID-19 measures

The Department of Public Works Sanitation Division is working hard to provide essential sanitation services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Its measures include supplementing sanitation teams with personnel unaccustomed to collecting trash, unfamiliar with established sanitation routes.

To enhance the safety and efficiency of sanitation operations, the department requests residents to:

• Bag all garbage before putting out for collection or in a garbage can — no loose garbage;

• Refrain from putting out bulk trash that can be deferred until after the emergency is over;

• To avoid missed pickup, make sure your garbage/recycling is clearly visible to staff;

• Be patient with DPW staff — they are doing their best under difficult conditions. (Added March 24)

Scarsdale parks: Use restrictions update

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to promote social distancing, the following Scarsdale parks, recreation and conservation facilities are either closed or have modified use regulations:

All parks and public spaces — no public gatherings. Passive and solitary recreational use of open facilities and spaces is authorized, but social distancing (6 feet between nonfamily members) is necessary.

Aspen Park — Playground closed; passive use area open with mandatory social distancing.

Boulder Brook Field — Sporting field is closed.

Brite Avenue Tennis — Tennis and paddle courts are closed.

Chase Park — Passive use authorized with mandatory social distancing.

Colonial Acres Park — Playground closed; passive use area open with social distancing.

Corell Park — Playground closed; passive use area open with mandatory social distancing.

Crossway Complex — Fields 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, tennis courts and playground are all closed.

Davis Park — Playground closed; passive use area open with mandatory social distancing.

De Lima Park — Passive use authorized with mandatory social distancing.

George Field Park — Passive use authorized with mandatory social distancing.

Greenacres Playground — Playground closed.

Harwood Park and Library Pond — Passive use authorized with mandatory social distancing.

Hyatt Park — Athletic fields, playground and basketball courtsare all closed.

Memorial Garden — Passive use authorized with mandatory social distancing.

Red Maple Swamp — Passive use authorized with mandatory social distancing.

Scarsdale High School —Tennis and paddle courts closed. Turf Field closed.

Scarsdale Middle School — Tennis courts are closed.

Municipal Pool Complex — Closed.

Scout Field/Willow Playground — Sporting field and playground are both closed.

Supply Field — Sporting fields are closed.

Weinberg Nature Center — Center is closed and programs are canceled; trails are open with mandatory distancing.

Winston Field — Sporting field is closed.

Wynmor Park — Tennis court and playground are both closed.

Signs about usage restrictions are posted at each facility and fenced-in courts are locked. With regard to enforcement, residents may call Scarsdale Police Department nonemergency 914-722-1200 to report concerns. (Added March 24)

Postponed! 2020 SBA Health, Beauty & Wellness Fair 

Based on the recent developments with the coronavirus, and keeping with the guidelines provided by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health, the Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) has postponed the 2020 Health Beauty & Wellness Fair, which was scheduled for May 2.

All sponsorships and vendor commitments will be transferred and honored on the new date. Questions? Contact SBA at info@scarsdalebusinessalliance.com. (Added March 24)

Virtual but vital 2020 WJCS gala

Due to the coronavirus and Westchester residents possibly facing health challenges, the in-person gala to celebrate honorees Ellen Gelboim and Bob Mensch and the work of WJCS on March 31 will instead be a virtual gala at the same scheduled time.

A small group of WJCS staff and the honorees will be gathered at 7 p.m. to host a livestream gala program to be enjoyed from the comfort of home. The virtual gala will include all the highlights that WJCS galas always do, including salutes to the honorees, wise words from the honorees. heartwarming and compelling stories from WJCS clients and the Give for Good auction. The auction offers the opportunity for donors to direct their support to specific programs and populations that resonate with them. To those who have registered for the gala, know that your donation is 100% tax deductible.

The event will be live streaming through Zoom, a free app that may be downloaded on any device. Go to zoom.us/download to download Zoom in advance of the gala so it will be easy to livestream at gala time. A few days before the gala, a link to join the livestreamed gala will be sent. (Added March 24)

Some testing canceled

From Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman on March 20:

A short while ago, I received a memo from Betty Rosa, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents. An excerpt of this memo reads, "The purpose of this memorandum is to inform you that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is suspending all NYS Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments for the remainder of the school year in response to the statewide closures of schools and districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This suspension for the remainder of the school year applies to the following State testing programs:

New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests

New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests

New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test

New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test

New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12

New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.”

At this point, we have not heard about High School Regents exams, but we will notify the community as soon as we do. (Added March 22)

Stay off turf, playgrounds

From Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman: “Though we were hopeful to keep these open-air spaces available for our community, the District has decided to close the Butler Track & Field at Scarsdale High School. In light of new guidance on social distancing and our understanding of the current use, we can no longer keep these spaces open. Effective immediately, all District outdoor facilities including playgrounds, fields, and the track are closed indefinitely. We will communicate when we decide to reopen these spaces.” (Added March 22)

School budget forum to be held by Zoom

A board of education school budget forum will be held by Zoom Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at which time residents can watch the meeting and make comments during the public comment period.

The replay scheduled will be published the following day at scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/tv. (Added March 22)

The following announcements were published in The Scarsdale Inquirer on Friday, March 20:

Nature Centers (corrected)

All Greenburgh Nature Center programs are closed until at least the end of March. The Manor House and playground are closed, but the grounds are open. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the healing powers of nature by enjoying the peace of the 33-acre property and its hiking trails, as well as seeing the outdoor animals. Trails are open daily for walking from dawn to dusk and no pets are allowed.

All programs at the Weinberg Nature Center are cancelled. No volunteers are being accepted at this time; two workers alternate days they are working in order to care for the animals.

Scarsdale Village on Twitter

In order to keep the community up to date on COVID-19 as well as to maximize village messaging, you may now follow @ScarsdaleGov for official municipal news and information about #Scarsdale. If you don’t have a Twitter account and don’t want one, you may access and read the village’s Twitter posts through a web browser in the same fashion that you would access any other website.

DeCicco opens early for elderly, prepares meals

DeCicco Family Markets at 58 East Parkway is now opening at 7 a.m. for seniors first to give them a chance to shop. Doors will close at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday, to allow staff time to restock shelves.

The store will also be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized by an outside cleaning service in addition to what is cleaned by staff during the day.

DeCicco will also prepare take-out orders like restaurants; customers can call the store to order a complete meal for them and their family. Menus will be posted daily. DeCicco’s phone number is 914-725-3807.

Helping those in need

Local volunteers and the Scarsdale Business Alliance have created scarsdalelocal.com, a website that connects local residents in Scarsdale with local/near Scarsdale businesses in need of immediate support.

Other community members have organized a fund, wphospital.org/covid19help, to support frontline health care workers at White Plains Hospital. The money will be used to buy meals from local restaurants for delivery to the hospital. 

Central Taxi to the rescue

Central Taxi at the Scarsdale train station is operating with limited service but is available to deliver medicine, food and dry goods to the residents of Scarsdale, Hartsdale and the Mamaroneck strip. The fee will be the same as the cost of a taxi ride. If interested, text or call Peter, the manager, at 914-714-0994.

Bowl Dinner rescheduled

The Scarsdale Foundation 2020 Bowl Dinner has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 24. At that time, BK Munguia and Jon Mark will be honored and Scarsdale volunteers who make Scarsdale Shine On will be celebrated.

All sponsorships, table hosts and donations will remain pertinent and all purchased tickets will be transferred and honored on the new date.

Continue to honor friends and neighbors on the new Scarsdale Foundation Honor Roll at bit.ly/394vY5W.

Questions? Email ScarBowl@gmail.com or visit ScarsdaleFoundation.org.

Board meetings

Scheduled meetings in March for the Board of Architectural Review, the Scarsdale Planning Board and the Committee for Historic Preservation are canceled.

Girl Scout House/Scarsdale Seniors activities

All Girl Scout House activities are postponed until further notice.

Trips scheduled for Scarsdale Seniors, in March and April, have been canceled.

Scarsdale library closed

The Scarsdale Public Library has closed until further notice, at least through March 31. The village of Scarsdale is engaging a contractor to perform a complete and thorough cleaning of the Library Loft while it is closed.

Circulation of physical materials will be suspended. Do not return borrowed materials at this time; the book drop is locked. Do not leave items outside. You will be charged for their replacement costs. All fines incurred through this period will be waived.

If you have specific needs during the closure, staff will monitor the library’s email account at scaref@wlsmail.org and will try to answer questions.

The library has an extensive collection of online services including eBooks, eAudios, downloadable magazines and movies. Visit the LISTEN•READ•WATCH page of scarsdalelibrary.org for information and updates regarding reopening the library.

Adult School classes

Scarsdale Adult School classes through Sunday, May 31, are canceled.

All tuition will be refunded automatically, using the method of original payment, unless SAS hears from you by Friday, March 27, with alternate instructions. Refunds will be issued as quickly as can be processed, starting March 30. All students who were registered for classes that had been scheduled to begin before June should expect to receive class-specific emails to that effect over the course of the next few days.

If in a position to forgo the automatic refund, consider converting your tuition into a tax-deductible donation to Scarsdale Adult School or into a credit for use toward a future class.

Until the Scarsdale Adult School can reopen, it intends to offer free, lecture-style videos as a public service to the community. As instructors begin this creative process, you may view author visits with Mike Lupica at vimeo.com/359458858 and Visit with Anna Quindlen at vimeo.com/297332710.

Songs for Seeds goes online

Songs for Seeds is moving classes online. Videos will be included in daily emails and on social media to parents who have children enrolled in classes. Specially curated materials and videos from favorite classes will be shared through its newsletter, website and social media channels.

Articles, recipes and other fun projects will also be provided throughout the upcoming weeks.For more information, contact Dana Fisher at dana@songsforseeds.com.

School boards to meet

Scarsdale Board of Education will hold virtual meetings via Zoom videoconferencing Mondays, March 23 and 30.

On March 23, the board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a budget forum to review the draft proposed 2020-21 school budget, followed by community responses and board discussion via Zoom. See box on page 12 of the printed Scarsdale Inquirer for instructions on how to use Zoom.

After the budget session concludes, a board business meeting will cover the district’s eLearning; 2018 bond projects and 2019-20 plant improvement projects; a bid for elevator projects; a gift proposal from Maroon and White for lights at Butler Field; and approval of the purchase and installation of lights.

The meeting will replay on cable SPS-TV. The replay schedule will be posted the following day on the TV link at scarsdaleschools.org. The video recording will also be posted on the board of education Video Library link for on demand viewing.

— Edgemont Board of Education will meet Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. with the use of Zoom videoconferencing. The agenda and details for the public to participate by remote access will be posted on Edgemont.org by Tuesday afternoon, March 24.

Gift to schools

Scarsdale School Board accepted a gift from the Greenacres Elementary School in the amount of $18,781.65 to cover the cost of grade-level grant requests for items and products that support classroom learning.

Edgemont SBNC

The 15-member Edgemont School Board Nominating Committee has recommended Monica Sganga and Jennifer DeMarrais to fill two impending vacancies on the Edgemont Board of Education.

Edgemont SBNC chair Andrea Weiss issued a statement March 18 to report the committee had four “very strong” nominees this year, and, “although Nareen Jabbour and Rebecca Ascher were not nominated, the committee was very impressed with both Nareen and Rebecca during the evaluation process and hope that they will seek nomination to the Board of Education in the future.”

A candidates’ forum is scheduled at the Edgemont Community Council’s annual meeting April 22 in the Greenville School cafeteria.

Community meetings halted

In keeping with current health department recommendations regarding social distancing during this state of emergency, the Edgemont Board of Education announced March 17 it will suspend its Community Engagement Initiative, aka Starbucks Sundays, for the foreseeable future. 

A notice will be sent out if the final session, scheduled on May 17, will take place. The community can reach out to the school board at any time by emailing boe@edgemont.org

United Way provides coronavirus grants

The United Way of Westchester and Putnam is releasing $50,000 through grants to nonprofits in Westchester, in response to the hardships created by the coronavirus. The organization is looking to target nonprofits directly helping the underprivileged, those who are employed but are living paycheck to paycheck, are displaced or actively impacted by COVID-19 in Westchester County. Individual grants up to $5,000 will be awarded.

“Westchester is firmly ensconced at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and we have asked the nonprofit community responding to the needs in the community what they are seeing during this unprecedented time,” said United Way of Westchester and Putnam CEO Tom Gabriel. “This grant initiative is the first of several rounds of funding that we anticipate being able to distribute in support of the communities affected by the coronavirus.”

The initial round of funding is coming from The John M. Bendheim Community Disaster Response Fund, which is administered by UWWP. Its purpose is to provide direct disaster recovery assistance to families as well as local nonprofits affected by colossal natural and man-made disasters.

The late John M. Bendheim Sr. and family through the Leon Lowenstein Foundation established The Bendheim Community Disaster Response Endowment Fund for United Way of Westchester and Putnam in 2012. Bendheim, a longtime resident of Scarsdale and a supporter of United Way as a member of the Tocqueville Society, United Way’s national major donor association, held many key positions with the local United Way committee in Scarsdale-Edgemont, including the chairmanship, in his early years.

The deadline to file an application is Wednesday, April 15, and can be found online at uwwp.org/coronavirus-response-grant. Grants will be dispersed in May 2020.

Historical Society documentaries on website

The two most recent documentaries — “The Life and Art of Anna Richards Brewster” and “A River Returns: A History of the Bronx River” — are now available to the public on the Scarsdale Historical Society website at scarsdalehistoricalsociety.org/videos.

“The Life and Art of Anna Richards Brewster” is a nine-minute film that rediscovers the work of Anna Richards Brewster (1870-1952), a Scarsdale resident, who in her day was recognized as one of America’s finest impressionist painters. Her work was widely exhibited in Europe and America, and she painted many familiar landscapes of Scarsdale.

The 40-minute film, “A River Returns: A History of the Bronx River” provides a historical journey down the Bronx River and a tale of how it was rescued from severe pollution to become a model for restoring natural resources nationwide. The Bronx River may be a small river but it played a large role in shaping the towns and lives of people in Westchester County, including Scarsdale.

The documentaries were professionally produced and directed by Scarsdale native Lesley Topping with Barbara Shay MacDonald, vice president and historian of the Scarsdale Historical Society. Topping is an independent filmmaker, producer and film editor whose work includes dramatic films, documentaries and television programs. She has edited award-winning films for the Cousteau Society, CBS, PBS and A&E, and worked on many feature films. She also produces multimedia content for businesses and not for profits. 

The two previous documentaries produced by the Scarsdale Historical Society are also available on the website — “Scarsdale in the 18th and 19th centuries: From Hardscrabble Farms to Gracious Estates” and “A Tour of the Cudner-Hyatt House Museum.”

Volunteer opportunities

UJA-NY has created a service to match volunteer tutors with families that need teaching assistance for their children. If interested in connecting with a volunteer tutor, go to bit.ly/2vCggBe. And if you or someone you know — high school age or older — is interested in volunteering as a tutor, go to bit.ly/3930lJR.

To support White Plains Hospital, go to wphospital.org/covid19help to make a tax deductible philanthropic contribution to a new fund at the hospital dedicated to feeding frontline medical staff during this difficult time.

Livestream concert

Levins House Concert features the husband-and-wife acoustic duo Ira Levin and Julia Bordenaro sharing their songwriting and harmonies in a digital livestream concert this Sunday, March 22, at 5 p.m. The details about how to livestream will be provided upon registration. There is a $20 suggested donation. More information at RiverSpiritMusic.com.

Virtual learning

DOROT’s University Without Walls. Suggested contribution: $5 per class. dorotusa.org, click on “Our Programs,” then “In Westchester,” then scroll down to “University Without Walls (at Home).” DOROT offers senior citizens interactive discussions from home over the telephone. Choose from ever-changing topics and perennial favorites such as Museum Talks, Literature and Arts, In the News, Understanding Your Rights, Jewish Interests, and Health and Wellness. Check online for the schedule and program descriptions. Registration required by calling 877-819-9147.

Get outdoors

Local, county and state parks and other outdoor spaces remain open, including those listed below. For more options, visit parks.westchestergov.com, parks.ny.gov, scenichudson.org and westchesterlandtrust.org.

Croton Point Park, 1 Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. The 508-acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River is open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Croton Gorge Park, 35 Yorktown Road, Croton-on-Hudson. The 97-acre park at the base of New Croton Dam is open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale. Free. greenburghnaturecenter.org. The grounds of the nature center are open daily from dawn to dusk. Dogs are not allowed.

John Jay Homestead Historic Site, 400 Jay St., Katonah. johnjayhomestead.org. The historic house is closed to the public, but visitors may explore the 62-acre park and seven gardens. Check online for an interactive map and points of interest.

Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers. Facebook.com/LenoirPreserve. The 39-acre wildlife preserve situated on a ridge overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades has paths and trails open daily dawn to dusk.

Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way (Route 117), Pleasantville. Parking fee: $6 on weekends, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. through the end of March; $6 daily April-October, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy walking, running, picnicking and more on 1,400 acres donated by the Rockefeller family. Dogs on leash are allowed. Open daily, dawn to dusk.

Rockwood Hall. Park in the lot behind Phelps Memorial Hospital, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. The former summer home of William Rockefeller is a distinct bucolic section of Rockefeller State Park Preserve with carriage roads and panoramic views of the Hudson River and Palisades. The foundation of the former house and a rolling landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted with extensive fields and ornamental trees harken back to the heyday of the estate during the Gilded Age. Dogs on leash are allowed.

Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. teatown.org. The trails on the 1,000-acre nature preserve and education center are open daily, dawn to dusk. Dogs on leash are allowed. The visitor center is closed.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, 6 Reservation Road, Cross River. Free. friendsoftrailside.org. The 4,315-acre park has varied terrain with miles of wooded trails. The Trailside Nature Museum is open, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, but all programs have been suspended.

Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave., Bronx. wavehill.org. The grounds remain open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with free admission. Only service dogs allowed.

Weinberg Nature Center, 455 Mamaroneck Rd, Scarsdale. Free. Weinbergnaturecenter.org. Trails are open daily for walking from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., but programs are suspended. Dogs on leash are allowed.

HBMS via Zoom

Hoff-Barthelson Music School will conduct the Festival Orchestra Audition Workshop Saturday, March 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. online via Zoom.

The audition workshop will orient students interested in auditioning for the Festival Orchestra to the process. Family members are welcome to participate as well.

To join, RSVP to hb@hbms.org to receive log on information.

While the campus has been closed, faculty has conducted hundreds of private lessons and parent meetings online.

Amateur photo contest

The Greenburgh Public Library hosts its 11th annual competition for adults and high school students. Entries must be submitted digitally through March 31 as jpeg attachments emailed to photocontest@greenburghlibrary.org.

Selected photos will be exhibited in the library, 300 Tarrytown Road, May 2 to June 14. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 16.

For contest rules and details, visit greenburghlibrary.org.

The Kinetic Pop Art

The Canfin Gallery at 39 Main St., Tarrytown, will be open by appointment only by calling 914-332-4554. Patrick Rubinstein’s images of pop icons in three dimensions are on view through Sunday, March 22. canfingallery.com.

“Abstractly Speaking: Six + One.”

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, 37 Popham Road, Scarsdale. madelynjordonfineart.com. The gallery displays abstract paintings Marit Geraldine Bostad, Stanley Boxer, Barbara Hirsch, Melissa Meyers, Rebecca Stern, Liz Tran, and Joyce Weinstein from March 24-May 9. In lieu of the originally scheduled opening reception and regular gallery hours, the gallery plans to be open by appointment only.

Email info@madelynjordonfineart.com or call 914-723-8738.

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