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Traditionally, the Fourth of July is a holiday full of fireworks, barbecues and celebratory gatherings. This year gives us pause, however, as we continue to face the coronavirus pandemic. The contagion is causing renewed alarm as the infection rate grows exponentially in 16 states to the ext…

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During this period of historic uncertainty, the outcome of the Democratic primaries held June 23 remains unresolved 48 hours after the polls closed.

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School officials, unable to hold traditional ceremonies this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, honored the class of 2020 and students moving up to middle and junior/senior high schools, with virtual events and car parades accompanied by emotional farewells from teachers and staff.

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What possible words of inspiration and comfort can you give to graduates this year?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefings have given structure and meaning to our days. We depend on his daily reveal of the latest COVID-19 data and his calming reassurance that New York is tough and we’ve got this.

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School administrators and members of the board of education were just putting the finishing touches on next year’s school budgets when the coronavirus turned our world upside down. Since then, they have had to deconstruct and reassemble their financial plans. That meant taking into account h…

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Eligible voters by now should have received mail-in ballots for the upcoming school budget and school board vote. This year’s election will take place by mail with no in-person voting due to the pandemic.

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

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

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On April 28, Scarsdale’s board of trustees adopted the village budget 6 to 1, with Jonathan Lewis dissenting. The adopted budget calls for a 1.46% increase in the tax levy, or $95 increase per average household. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, village staff is estimating a potential r…

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

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A cold front passed through Scarsdale the night before Earth Day April 22, but the cloudy, rainy weather gave way to bright sunshine. Perhaps Mother Nature sensed that a big, warm collective hug was about to take place. Large numbers of children, parents and empty nesters emerged from their …

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Our team at The Inquirer is working day and night to bring you accurate and meaningful local coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our communities. It’s not an easy task. We have been working remotely since early March to bring you, without interruption, breaking news and useful info…

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Under normal circumstances, the Scarsdale village election would have come and gone by now with new or returning trustees on the dais. But these are not normal circumstances. Instead, the highly contagious coronavirus led to the postponement of all village elections in the state from March to June.

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

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Editor’s note: The following was adapted from a policy paper developed by representatives of the New York Press Association.

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There’s only one story now, the coronavirus. But when you think about it, it’s really not one story at all. Coronavirus, or COVD-19, is many stories, hundreds of stories, or, in our communities, even thousands. In fact, it is an amalgam of every one of our individual stories.

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

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Polls will be open Wednesday, March 18, for Scarsdale voters to choose from among six candidates to fill three open trustee seats. Although not the anomaly they once were, contested elections in Scarsdale remain the exception rather than the rule. So it’s especially important this year for r…

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The feelings of outrage and shock that erupted over perceived bigotry toward China at an emergency preparedness meeting at village hall Tuesday night nearly overshadowed the sense of urgency and unease brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic this week.

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Edgemont resident Barbara Groden has volunteered for the Hartsdale Public Parking District (HPPD) for 19 years, but her reappointment to the apolitical agency has been in limbo since December for reasons that seem to be politically motivated.

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The 1918 influenza pandemic, caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin, was the most severe pandemic in recent history. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide from 1918 to 1919. According to the Centers for Disease Control…

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Do you have a story idea or photo you want to share with us? Is there a community event you want to publicize? And, with a contested election on the horizon, is there a point of view about a candidate you want to submit to our Letters to the Editor?

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Dunkin’ Donuts called the launch of a new food item featuring a plant-based meat substitute “one of its most significant menu introductions in recent brand history.” Putting aside the chain’s marketing hype over its Beyond Breakfast Sausage Sandwich, fueled by a national TV campaign this mon…

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A not-so-welcoming school board webpage, lack of community willingness to use the board’s current options for engagement and input, a lack of accessibility to public comments, and more.

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The Citizens Nominating Committee Wednesday announced its slate for the village general election in March — Trustees Lena Crandall and Justin Arest are each nominated for a second three-year term on the board of trustees, Randy Whitestone for a first term, and Jack Alemany for village justice.

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On March 31, 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church. The respect accorded King and receptivity to his message early in the civil rights movement should be a source of pride for the church and the overflowing audience (though not for this newspaper which …

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One thing that can be said about Scarsdale is we tend not to rush into things. When it comes to change, our village leaders tend to order a lot of studies and then kick the can down the road. So it was surprising Thursday when news came from the mayor suddenly declaring a halt to any further…

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As 2020 rolls in, The Scarsdale Inquirer continues its tradition of assessing the year just past with an array of gifts and prizes.

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As we announced at the end of last month, after almost 30 years of calling the fifth floor in the Harwood Building home, The Scarsdale Inquirer has moved its office to Edgemont (1075 Central Park Ave., Suite 305). On the day of our move, with the final box on a handcart, our bookkeeper passe…

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For 50 years Freightway garage on Garth Road has served its utilitarian purpose for commuter and long-term parking, but for quite some time, it’s been an eyesore. Rusting, dank and dark, it’s not yet crumbling, but village officials tell us it will cost around $2.5 million to fix and maintai…

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As we bask in the post-Thanksgiving gratitude for feast and family, we weigh the concerns and complaints of Scarsdale citizens against those of people in the outside world and conclude we’re pretty lucky to be living in this exceptional village, where our biggest concern seems to be the fate…

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You probably know by heart Joni Mitchell’s cautionary lyrics from “Big Yellow Taxi”: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Her words are particularly relevant today amid the constant din about brick-and-mortar businesses struggling and/or shutting …

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“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me,” written in 1955 by Sy Miller and Bill Jackson, continues as an anthem for promoting world peace in an ever more dangerous and unstable world. As attacks rooted in religious bias increase, people everywhere are frightened and worried abo…

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Civil discourse, the engagement in conversation intended to enhance understanding, is a basic underpinning of democracy. For our system of democracy to work, we have to talk and listen to each other and be careful how we things. But sadly, in today’s society civil discourse seems to be evaporating.

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An old joke goes like this: Every week Frank goes to the house of worship and prays, “God, please let me win the lottery. Just once, please let me win the lottery.”

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Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Once also called Armistice Day, the public holiday designated to commemorate the end of World War l on Nov. 11, 1918 now honors all generations of service men and women who sacrificed for their country.

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At the polls in Edgemont this Tuesday, voters will have an opportunity to re-elect longtime incumbent Paul Feiner to the town supervisor’s office or cast a ballot for his challenger, Independent Lucas Cioffi of Edgemont, in the first contested election for the seat in 12 years.

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Don’t forget that for the first time in state history, New Yorkers can vote before Election Day.

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A few weeks ago state officials disclosed the vaping-related death of a 17-year-old Bronx boy, the first such death in New York and the youngest teenager in the U.S. to die due to vaping. The death brought the total number of vaping-related deaths in the United States to 26 as of Oct. 10, ac…

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Scarsdale’s village center and the Freightway parking garage nearby are poised for redevelopment projects that could open up new opportunities for business growth and public amenities in our community.Village officials should do all they can to maximize the full potential for progressive, we…

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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.