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For generations, school children have delighted in the mid-October break from their weekly routine on the federal holiday that marks the anniversary of European explorer Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of the New World on Oct. 12, 1492. But more than half of all states in the U.S. don’t ma…

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When a U.S. District judge in Manhattan on Monday rejected New York State’s argument that the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions for federal tax returns was unconstitutional, we wondered how that decision might impact Scarsdale’s lawsuit pending in the same court. As it turns out, …

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A truism of political campaigning is that no one pays much attention until after Labor Day. This year there is good reason for voters to start focusing on the local races sooner than usual. As part of a package of election law reforms passed in New York, the state is instituting early voting…

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Last Saturday the stars were aligned. With the first-ever Scarsdale Music Festival happening in the village center, people flowed downtown like never before. The numbers were astonishing — at least 2,000 estimated by local police and as many as 3,000 if you asked the event organizers and ven…

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Most of us agree we have a responsibility to do something about climate change, even if it’s in a small way.

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Now that kids are back to school, the PTAs are asking parents to help run their many activities and events that enrich the school community. If you haven’t been involved in the past, why not consider stepping up to support your school as a PTA volunteer.

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For most teenagers, the number 18 represents a transition from high school to college, and from childhood to adulthood.

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Now that school is back in session, it’s time to pay attention and drive carefully, especially in school zones. Speeding and sometimes even reckless driving are a problem throughout Scarsdale, even on streets within a few feet of schools. The 20 mph speed limit is in effect on school days be…

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A new law to decriminalize the use of marijuana took effect Aug. 30.

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Edgemont is known as a community that values its grassroots vitality almost as much as its schools.

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Astronomers claim that summer ends Sept. 22, when the sun crosses over the equator.

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In less than 24 hours, between Aug. 3 and 4, 34 people were killed in mass shootings, and as such incidents continue to mount, more Americans are desperate for their leaders to act to reduce gun violence and help keep our communities safe.

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As the summer begins to wind down, we offer this collection of what a few of our favorite men and women of letters have said about the subject.

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The recently approved increase in the county sales tax, which took effect Aug. 1, will bring in tens of millions of dollars to Westchester County annually, with a portion of the funds going to local municipalities and to local school districts.

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The annual sidewalk sale got off to a bold start Thursday.

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By abruptly ending and then leaving the public hearing held Tuesday to hear objections to the legal sufficiency of the petition submitted by the Edgemont Incorporation Committee, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner sent a clear message that he was not interested in hearing from both sides…

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Imagine a world where no matter what the local zip code is, a child has a chance to learn, enjoy and become proud of his or her accomplishments while participating in quality after-school classes and summer camp.

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As a rule, we don’t publish anonymous letters, however we would like to respond to one we received recently. The writer(s) asked why “out of everyone who writes and sends in [a letter] … it seems you are ‘connecting’ more with some readers than others.” They noted Thomas Cunningham of Hartsd…

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Scarsdale and Edgemont high schools hold their annual commencement ceremonies next Wednesday. As members of the senior classes gather in caps and gowns, speakers will deliver speeches, recognize achievements and offer congratulations. Words of wisdom about the future these students face — fu…

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As many of you discovered, the directions on last week’s front page (June 14, 2019) were not correct. Print subscribers trying to set up their scarsdalenews.com accounts found themselves on pages that didn’t match our instructions. Our apologies to those of you who had a less-than perfect ex…

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New York legislators advanced a bill June 13 that would end exemptions from vaccinations based on religious beliefs. The bill passed by a 36-26 margin while protesters shouted their objections in the Capitol hallway. For now, families can only avoid vaccinations for medical reasons.

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Since 1901, The Scarsdale Inquirer has brought weekly local news coverage to readers who seek high-quality, informative journalism at their fingertips. While you’ll still be using those fingertips to turn the pages of our weekly print newspaper, starting today you can also delve into the Inq…

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A bill currently proposed in the State Senate would amend New York State’s Village Law to expand the options for a town supervisor who wants to block an incorporation petition because he or she does not think it’s in the best interest of the town. One option would be to expand the reach of a…

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Lange’s of Scarsdale has been a staple in the village since 1972.

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At a meeting last week, the school administrators and board members listened to nearly an hour of public comments from proponents of the Butler Field lights project and from residents who aren’t so supportive of the plan.

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Last week, U.S. News & World Report published its annual rankings of the “best” U.S. public high schools. With 1,204 New York schools making the grade, Scarsdale ranked No. 56 in the state and No. 596 nationally, while Edgemont placed much higher at No. 14 in New York and No. 112 nationa…

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A community meeting led by the Safe Coalition at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club on Denim Day, April 24, focused on social beliefs about what is “masculine” and “feminine” and how those are a risk factor in sexual violence.

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Neighbors and nature lovers will join together April 27 to plant more than 100 native trees and shrubs at Harwood Park in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day. The fifth annual planting day is a continuation of the village effort to restore its wetlands.

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Spring seems to have arrived, at last. That unfamiliar warmth of sun on our backs never fails to thrill, or grow old, or diminish. The first days of spring are never a ho-hum sort of thing. As usual we marvel at translucent leaves and buds, the splashes of blue, purple and yellow emerging fr…

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The nation’s gun violence epidemic has made lockdowns all too common and traumatic for students across school campuses in America. A school lockdown is issued when there is a threat to students, school staff and faculty members, such as an active shooter, a hostage situation, riots, police a…

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Longtime village volunteer and former trustee, Dan Hochvert completed his two-year term as mayor Tuesday night. He won his mayoral seat in a contested election two years ago, challenged by the Voters’ Choice Party, whose most vocal members were demanding more transparency in village governme…

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A week ago, more than 1 million student activists in 100 cities in the U.S. and around the world mobilized for a global day of action, walking out of schools to protest inaction on climate change. Angry and frustrated that adults have not acted, they marched to preserve our natural world and…

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With an uncontested village election on the horizon (election day is March 19), we can’t help but wonder about voter turnout. Will we be surprised or disappointed when the numbers are announced?

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A U.S. program that provides funding to cover medical and other costs of 9/11 first responders and survivors is running out of money. We join the call from New York’s senators, congressmen and first responders and survivor advocates from around the country, for federal legislators to pass a …

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A local mom used to text her kids the minute a thought popped into her head. She was aware that distraction was a problem in the classroom as well as on the road. But how could an occasional text from mom make a difference when her kids were receiving snaps and texts from peers all day long?

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It was never easy being an official responsible for running a village’s finances. These days, however, the position seems especially susceptible to an occupational hazard in the extreme.

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An email newsletter sent by the Voters Choice Party (VCP) this week called out Scarsdale’s nonpartisan system of government for being exclusionary and short on diversity.

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As of this month, girls ages 11 to 17 are welcome to join the Boy Scouts of America, in a new program rebranded as Scouts BSA. The program is gender integrated, but with separate troops for girls and for boys.

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New York’s gun control laws already were among the toughest in the nation. As of this week, it looks like the regulations will get even tougher. The New York State Senate and Assembly passed six gun control bills Jan. 29, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign into law.

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Voting rights advocates in New York this week have great reason to cheer. And it will be of no surprise to readers of this page that we unabashedly belong to that camp.

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For the past year, many steps have been considered or implemented to make our schools safer.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda for 2019, presented in his State of the State address Tuesday, includes a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults over age 21. Doing so, he said, would generate $300 million in revenue for the state. It would also reduce the effects o…

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Leaders of the Scarsdale school district will hear, once again, at the school board meeting on Monday, a monthly update on school security. Ten days later, on Jan. 23, the community will convene at a public forum with key players on hand to discuss local needs and concerns about security.

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The next edition of the Scarsdale Inquirer will be published Jan. 4, not Dec. 28, and we will be closed next week. So let’s get a jumpstart on our New Year’s resolutions. Here are three things everyone can and should resolve to do: Reduce and reuse. Then recycle whatever’s left.

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Why not allow noncitizens who live in Scarsdale to participate in the nominating process for village leadership?

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The age-old conflict between the rights of the individual and the rights of society has taken on new and virulent forms in the past few years, fueled by distrust of everything believed and promulgated by the establishment. Many people think facts are true only insofar as they trust the sourc…

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Those who attended the memorial for former Scarsdale High School teacher Eric Rothschild Monday got a rare view of the arc of a Scarsdale education. As a child, Mr. Rothschild cut his academic teeth in Scarsdale. Eventually he returned to teach at SHS and by the time he retired 34 years late…

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Passing through White Plains or New Rochelle, one cannot help but look in awe at the rapidly changing skyline. New apartments and new attractions abound, with fleets of rentable bicycles dotting the landscape.

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In this season of plenty, there are plenty of reasons to patronize Scarsdale businesses.

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A study was commissioned and the public was invited to hear whether a dog park might be feasible in Scarsdale. Several sites are under consideration in response to the Scarsdale Neighborhood Association suggesting there would be public support for a dog park.