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It was surprising to hear from a Scarsdale resident, a physician who works in Queens, about the patients he treats who face recurring incidences of domestic violence. If he treats a victim of child abuse, the doctor said he’s required by law to report what he knows to authorities. But he’s n…

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It feels like only yesterday when I was standing with John Auerbacher in his backyard, talking about native plant species for my first article in the Inquirer. Sadly, he passed away a year ago, but I can still feel John’s excitement pulse through me. That was my introduction to this village,…

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Scarsdale Forum, the local policy think tank, is recommending a “wait and see” approach with regard to permitting marijuana businesses in the village of Scarsdale. We urge residents to read the Forum’s 30-page report on the topic, its conculsions, appendices and look through the resources in…

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Wednesday, Sept. 22, was the first day of fall, but the temperature made the advent of autumn feel more like a summer day. Not surprisingly, the I Love New York fall foliage map still shows the leaves remain green in our area. But avid leaf-peepers should keep an eye on the color-coded map, …

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Why not allow noncitizens who live in Scarsdale to participate in the nominating process for village leadership? We have asked that question in the past, and we think it’s time once again to give the issue serious consideration.

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When you look at a map of Scarsdale on the village engineering department online library, you will see that almost half the village is in what’s called a “sensitive drainage area.” The large “sensitive” area extends in Heathcote, Fox Meadow and Greenacres from Palmer to Cushman, Kensington t…

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Consider our future. When the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida passed through our area Wednesday into early Thursday morning, we faced road closures from flooding and power outages from torrential downpours and at least 6 total inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Unlike the nor’easters that …

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Concerned souls throughout our area are working around the clock to respond to the Afghan refugee crisis. They volunteer at local relief organizations and social action groups to help open doors for refugee families and work to get them resettled.

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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? Is there a point of view you want to submit to our Letters to the Editor?

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In the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation on Tuesday, Aug. 10, a slew of statements came in from federal, state, county and local elected officials. Most of them expressed approval for the resignation, praise for the women who accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, and support for Lt. Gov.…

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This week marked the third official heat wave Scarsdale and the tristate area have suffered this summer. According to the American Red Cross, that designation is reserved for two or more days of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with stifling humidity…

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As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase while vaccination rates ebb, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged schools to resume in-person learning this fall, but it reversed its stance on masking. CDC now recommends face coverings for everyone — vaccinat…

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With summer barbecue season in full swing and pests out in force, everyone is scrambling to keep bugs at bay. The line of defense runs the gamut from ultrasonic devices and bug zappers to citronella candles and DEET sprays. Our arsenal features a low-tech solution cited by the American Mosqu…

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A reader this week asked through our website whether the schools will require students and teachers to be vaccinated when schools reopen in the fall.

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Far from being spoiled rich boys playing with rockets, Jeff Bezos with Blue Origins and Elon Musk of SpaceX are serious about technology and have made valuable innovations, the potential uses of which are yet to be discovered. Remember the old days of space exploration, when rockets were unu…

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Competition is underway for firms that want to bid on the opportunity to study the Scarsdale Municipal Pool and options for its renovation. On Thursday morning, July 15, recreation department personnel led more than seven interested consultants that specialize in this area on a walkthrough a…

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The Scarsdale Schools’ new summer enrichment program, known as SPARK, is up and running. It appears to be a big success, featuring a project-based approach to learning that’s stimulating 311 rising first through sixth grade students and teachers as they rebound from a difficult year under th…

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We rarely take the opportunity to praise village employees, but with the retirement this week of Steve Pappalardo, a public servant in Scarsdale for 33 years, we want to reflect and show appreciation, because we think his dedication to his chosen career in municipal government is remarkable.

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Not able to pull it together at the last minute after COVID-related limits on group gatherings were lifted, Parks and Rec has canceled its annual fireworks display at the Scarsdale Municipal Pool for the second year in a row. Though there won’t be sparks in the air, there will be special act…

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The Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association will celebrate the Fourth of July at Davis Park on Sunday, and, thankfully, this year’s event — the 93rd annual — will more closely resemble the traditional model than last year’s did.

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The New York disaster emergency declared in March 2020 ends today, Friday, June 25, which means public boards are required to meet in person and to welcome the public for in-person access.

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The latest iteration of the culture wars roiling our country concerns the education of children. Some, believing that we have not achieved our founders’ goal of liberty and justice for all, insist that systemic barriers to health, education and economic success suffered by people of color mu…

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Scarsdale’s gas-powered leaf blower ban was amended in March to prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers between May 1 and Sept. 30. There’s also a ban on weekends in October through December and stricter limits will go into effect in 2022.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that school districts can choose to have students wear masks outdoors on school grounds or not, but indoor mask use remained in place. This change aligns New York State’s guidance on schools with CDC guidance on summer camps, where even unvaccinated stud…

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As the Class of ’21 — and in many cases ’20, finally — walked at college and grad school graduations in person this spring, after a year or more like no other, the messages they heard in commencement speeches were as diverse as the members of the graduating classes themselves. Here are a few…

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Here at the Inquirer, we love information; it’s what we do. So we’re delighted when people share their personal milestones with us — especially if it’s something positive, like a wedding or a birth, or where our high school graduates are going to college or who received a college degree in w…

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Banks and most offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, a national holiday that now has little to do with military cemeteries and memorials.

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In recent weeks we received a bounty of letters to the editor, a welcome state of affairs for a community newspaper. We view these letters as a barometer of how well we are engaging our readers. The more we receive, the more we are connecting with our community, and the more you are connecti…

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Her résumé speaks volumes: Yale econ major, Harvard MBA, president of the Autism Science Foundation, national advocate for children’s mental health and two decades of community involvement.

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With COVID-19 case numbers declining locally and nationally, most of us are feeling hopeful that the worst is behind us. New York State has lifted its curfew on businesses. New York City announced it will fully open July 1. Major League Baseball is back and Broadway is selling tickets once a…

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Residents of the Edgemont School District have an opportunity to vote May 18 on two forward-looking proposals that would relieve crowding, address traffic problems and reflect 21st century learning styles and teaching techniques. If approved, the two-part bond will put in motion a large-scal…

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During the spring cleanup this month, annoying and frankly unhealthy practices of suburban leaf and lawn management prevailed — in particular, the ear-splitting buzz and the harmful pollution from gas-powered leaf blowers. There’s good news, though, because the village of Scarsdale last mont…

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This week marked the 51st annual Earth Day. Fifty-one years ago, the first Earth Day came in response to accelerating negative impacts on human health and the environment from decades of industrial development.

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The Scarsdale School Board convened April 12 to review, discuss and finally adopt a new board policy that reflects its commitment to putting systems in place to ensure that every student has an equal chance for success and train its gaze on increasing diversity, equity and inclusivity (DEI) …

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Legalization of marijuana in New York State for those who are 21 years old and over is expected to bring significant social change by halting the racial disparities in enforcement that have led to lifelong consequences and inequalities. 

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The Nadlers of Brite Avenue in Greenacres have filed a lawsuit against the village that claims that the Scarsdale Board of Architectural Review (BAR)’s decision allowing a developer to dramatically alter a Kingston Road property that abuts the Nadlers’ is “arbitrary and capricious” and will …

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The vicious murder of six women of Asian descent in Georgia last week brought glaring attention to the anxiety Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) live with every day, and even more so with the disturbing surge in hateful rhetoric and physical attacks aimed at Asians during the COVID…

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The long-awaited opening of the newly renovated Scarsdale Public Library has finally arrived, delayed since last fall due to the pandemic. But hours and access are very limited, as the library leadership is taking a cautious approach, opening the doors exclusively to Scarsdale cardholders, b…

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That din we heard last year outside our windows started up again this week. The season for blowing away yard debris is back, and for those of us who continue to work or study at home, the gas-powered blower noise is disturbing our peace and quiet.

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Amid all the pandemic-related chaos — infusions of money from the feds (or not), schools reopening safely (or not), houses being demolished (or not) — one event is proceeding as usual — the Scarsdale Village election next Tuesday, March 16.

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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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Eager to hear whether the village would — or could — create a workaround or waiver for residents whose taxes are in arrears and are facing stiff penalties, members of the Scarsdale Forum, the media and others in the community Zoomed in to a work session Tuesday, Feb. 23, titled “Interest and…

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Hundreds of residents whose village and school taxes are in arrears are facing steep, state-mandated penalties for making late payments. This may be an unintended consequence of the decision by the village and school board last fall to adopt a two-installment tax payment system in Scarsdale.…

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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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Freshman U.S. Congressman Mondaire Jones, elected in November to replace Rep. Nita Lowey who has retired, has made good on his campaign promise to work for the repeal of the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions.

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During the village’s 2012-22 budget work session Feb. 10, we learned there’s more than $8 million outstanding in uncollected Scarsdale school taxes, which were due Feb. 1 (extended from Sunday, Jan. 31). Village treasurer Ann Scaglione confirmed Thursday, Feb. 11 there is $8,350,000 outstand…

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Around this time every year, one of the orders of business for the Scarsdale Board of Trustees is recruiting a raft of volunteers for village boards, councils and committees.

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Planning began in 2015 and finally, three years after construction began, the newly renovated and expanded Greenacres Elementary School was celebrated Friday, Jan. 22, by Scarsdale Board of Education members and district administrators who marked the occasion with speeches and a ribbon-cutti…

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According to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Jan. 21, “New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals far exceed the vaccine supply coming from the federal government. While the federal government has increased eligibility for the vaccine to…

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School administrators and village officials beginning the budget process face tremendous uncertainty over how long the pandemic will continue to affect education models, municipal services and the bottom line.