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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.

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The past year has slammed us with the unpredictability of unique events, many of them unspeakably horrible. An out-of-control pandemic, a tsunami of mail-in ballots, violently contested election results, domestic terrorism in the form of a mob assault Jan. 6 on the U.S. Capitol — all have te…

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This week, New York State started rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to people age 65 and older. The state is directing eligible people to a newly launched website to sign up to receive the vaccines at various locations, including the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The rollout has …

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Over the years Greenburgh volunteers have helped seniors with problems. We have a snow angels program, which was started 30 years ago with volunteers helping remove snow from seniors’ driveways. We have a TV angels program with volunteers assisting seniors to remove heavy old TVs.

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Fueled by weeks if not years of misinformation, protesters descended on Capitol Hill Jan. 6 during the ratification of the Electoral College vote from the 2020 presidential election; they broke into and vandalized the building that represents the heart of American democracy. The 45th preside…

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

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You’ve probably heard it a million times: Hanukkah is a pretty minor Jewish holiday, superseded even by Shabbat, which arrives every Friday at sunset, not to mention all the other holidays in the packed Jewish calendar. It’s not the Jewish Christmas. The most pious, observant Jew goes to wor…

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The Scarsdale Board of Trustees passed a resolution at its meeting Nov. 24, as it does every year around this time, to approve a request by the Scarsdale Crèche Committee to install a Nativity scene in Boniface Circle from Dec. 15 to Dec. 30.

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Although Thanksgiving this year turned out to be quite different from past, more traditional holidays, its meaning remains the same — it is important to give thanks for all we have. Now more than ever, when so many have suffered so much during this pandemic, we should all take time to consid…

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Several Scarsdale physicians have come forth to call on the school district to create a medical advisory board. They have spoken out at board meetings, written letters to the editor, and emailed the board of education offering their time and expertise to help navigate the uncharted territory…

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

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The American Legion’s Memorial Garden in front of the Scarsdale pool complex on Mamaroneck Road was created as a place to teach future generations about Scarsdale’s participation in every war going back to the American Revolution, providing a link not only to the past but between our village…

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On the morning after Nov. 3, the result of the U.S. presidential election was up in the air, but the outcomes of congressional and state elections were not.

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With autumn in full swing, the colors are gorgeous but the sound of leaf blowers is our constant background noise. Especially now, working or studying from home during the pandemic, we hear the annoying buzz and breathe the harmful pollution from gas-powered leaf blowers, and when we go out …

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Families in the middle of Halloween planning right now are hearing warnings from health officials to make this year’s festivities COVID-safe. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of just about everybody who appreciates the particular seasonal flavor and fun of Halloween, that means taking a …

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By now, registered voters should have received a postcard from the Westchester County Board of Elections indicating the address of their polling locations for early voting and Election Day voting. In any other year, this confirmation would be as routine as getting a cable bill in the mail. I…

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Outspoken parents also have expressed frustration with Scarsdale School District leadership for being opaque, not inclusive and secretive throughout the restart process. That has been a refrain, even before COVID-19. At this time, when there is increased scrutiny of schools and the delivery …

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These truly are challenging times. Everyone is anxious and overwhelmed.

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The Scarsdale Bowl is awarded each year to the person or couple who has “given unselfishly of time, energy, and effort to the civic welfare of the community.” Since 1943, the Bowl has served as a tangible symbol of the importance and worth that Scarsdale places on the volunteer service of it…

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Deputy Mayor Jane Veron finished her second 2-year term on the Scarsdale Board of Trustees as of Tuesday, Sept. 22. It’s a volunteer position and people often say it’s a thankless job. We want to be sure that’s not the case for Trustee Veron, who deserves every ounce of thanks we can muster.…

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Schools are open. A semblance of familiar family routines is returning. And now the worrying mounts.

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Political signs are among the loudest voices in the current contested election for three seats on the village board of trustees, and Scarsdale front lawns have become the front lines for the First Amendment right to free speech.

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Six months ago the contested village election for board of trustees was postponed due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Six candidates running for three trustee seats put their campaigns on hold.

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Deemed essential workers during the pandemic, The Inquirer staff has worked at full tilt throughout the coronavirus shutdown and reopening. The stay-at-home order put our business and all local businesses in financial turmoil. Our local advertising revenue sources had to shut their doors and…

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Fair elections and an inclusive voting process are on a lot of minds these days. Like millions of Americans, we’re horrified by the federal government’s ill-advised moves to curtail the U.S. Postal Service under the apparent guise of “efficiency,” just as the country is about to experience a…

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We moved here for the schools. But, in reality, we moved here because of the teachers.

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This week the second largest storm since Superstorm Sandy hit our area, throwing a punch on top of the pandemic and its devastating impact on our lives. We are reeling. We are exhausted. But rather than let all the adversity get us down, we have to be resilient and flexible.

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District administrators’ plans were due in Albany by today, July 31, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to announce an initial assessment next week about whether schools will be allowed to conduct in-person instruction. But at the 11th hour, on July 29, Scarsdale School District announced th…

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A popular meme circulating this week showed a woman grimacing as she reacted to each of three scenarios: Starting school in person, starting school online, or homeschooling.