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The first major winter storm of the year brought an unanticipated surprise. As I looked out of my window at the snow-covered trees in the backyard, I was startled to see a large owl perched on my birdfeeder staring back at me. It was no more than 10 feet from the house, and about a foot tall…

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A few weeks ago from my bedroom window my family spotted something that people rarely get to see close up. We spotted a great horned owl! Although these owls are quite common, they are mostly active during the night. But, we saw this wide-eyed and flat-faced bird in the morning. Owls also ha…

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Last week, Neil Wei wrote that he found hybrid learning difficult [“Personal experience: Learning in a hybrid environment, Feb. 12]. I go to Greenville Elementary, and have a different viewpoint. While there are many distractions of hybrid learning, in a way it can also be good. Socially, I …

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Congrats to the editor for last Friday’s editorials on “The Taxman Cometh” and the “SALT Assault.” [Feb. 12] We hope every Scarsdale taxpayer has read these editorials and understands the ramifications of each, particularly “The Taxman Cometh.”

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Last Friday night I had to call 911 because my husband had a distressing reaction to his second COVID-19 vaccination shot. In less than 15 minutes two Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps members, Jim and Liz, arrived to help us. In the 10 minutes they were with us, we were repaid for every c…

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The “No Dogs” signs at the Scarsdale school grounds and village parks are old enough to have become pretty rusty ... suggesting the prohibition itself is old enough for reexamination. Of course there is a public health root to the regulation but shouldn’t every idea be subject to challenge e…

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Greenburgh Commissioner of Public Works Rich Fon and I recently took a tour of the village of Scarsdale Recycling Center. Very impressive. During our visit, we observed nonstop activity — residents recycling e-waste, organic food, plastic bags and textiles, and residents taking/leaving reusa…

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It was encouraging to watch the Zoom meeting of the village board in action [Jan. 12], discussing regulations to limit the use of leaf blowers in our village. Restricting the types of leaf blowers and the times permitted are a very good start. There was discussion of licensing and a tiered s…

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This season, I have seen a sharp increase in the amount of trucks removing and pruning trees each morning. The county, state or the local municipalities have to prune dangerous, diseased trees in the state and county and remove deadly trees that hang above roads or on properties to avoid fat…

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Harken, harken. The publicly announced goal to raise a $10,000 gift to the village of Scarsdale to defray the costs of the new comfort station at Scarsdale Middle School tennis courts and field has reached $7,500 through the nonprofit Scarsdale Summer Youth Tennis League.

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We want to thank everyone who volunteered for SNAP for HOPE. The program was an incredible success! We had more than 151 volunteer sign-ups, which consisted of more than 200 Scarsdale residents. Our volunteers included Edgewood Girl Scout Troop No. 2688, several families working together, al…

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2020 was a shock, or more appropriately, a series of shocks to our community, as it was across the country. Over the past year, we have faced a pandemic, a lockdown, an economic downturn, racial injustice, a major tropical storm, a tumultuous national election and a constitutional crisis. We…

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Since my previous letter [Nov. 27], I have learned that the proposal for Boniface Circle by the Downtown Revitalization Committee (DRC) of the Scarsdale Forum Inc. and the Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) involves far more than cutting down our holiday tree. (Even if the tree has a problem,…

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In response to letters from me and other residents to Mayor Marc Samwick and the Scarsdale Board of Trustees, the mayor suggested a deeper investigation and report by the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) on the use and regulation of leaf blowers in Scarsdale. Indeed, the CAC in December i…

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The Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund for College provides one-year grants to SHS seniors who demonstrate need in paying for their first year of college tuition. The fund relies on donations from Scarsdale residents, as well as local businesses and organizations.

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Regarding the editorial last week [“The crèche chronicles,” Dec. 4] on the Scarsdale crèche matter, William Glendon, a prominent litigation lawyer with Rogers and Wells, was mayor at the time of the Supreme Court case. I was the deputy mayor. There were different views of the matter at the b…

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I recently discovered that it was very difficult to find aggregated data describing the trends of active COVID-19 cases in local communities. In order to make this data readily available for Westchester residents, I created an easy-to-use website that will be regularly refreshed and will ove…

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I would like to rebut Thomas Cunningham’s letter [“A call for action vs legalizing the sale of marijuana in New York,” Dec. 4], which advocates against the legalization of marijuana in New York. I encourage the state legislature to move forward swiftly in the upcoming legislative session to …

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It’s been a year none of us will soon forget. Now we face the cold and shorter days. Thanksgiving and the holidays and the New Year will be difficult and challenging, and for many emotionally draining. We, all of us, have been through a hard time and we still have a way to go, and so yes, th…

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Never in my 40-plus years living in Scarsdale have I seen a more offensive or ludicrous suggestion than that of the Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) and the Downtown Revitalization Committee (DRC) — which should perhaps be jointly renamed the Scarsdale Uglification Committee (SUC) — to chop…

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For decades the blue spruce in Boniface Circle has been known as a “Christmas tree” which each year has been decorated with ornaments and been the center for Christmas carols and celebration. As Scarsdale’s Jewish population increased, it was natural that they would want some Jewish rituals …

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Over the past 29 years, volunteers (including myself) have volunteered and have been part of a neighbor-helping-neighbor program called the snow angels. Volunteers have shoveled snow from driveways of senior citizens and disabled residents — helping the recipients feel safe and comfortable a…

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I have lived in Scarsdale for the past 50 years. Rumor has it that a local group is pressuring the board of trustees to cut down the stately holiday tree in the village center. With its sparkling lights, it is the center of our holiday festivities. During the other seasons it stands graceful…

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After seven long years, the Scarsdale School Board and the Scarsdale Village Board finally passed joint resolutions for an intermunicipal agreement related to the plans and construction of a comfort station with two restrooms, an office for a tennis attendant, a storage room for athletic equ…

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My letter in the Inquirer [“Republicans going forward with justice’s nomination is justified,” Oct. 30] re the Senate confirmation of Hon. Amy Coney Barrett made the point that the benefits that come from winning elections are not the exclusive province of the Democrats. William Greenawalt r…

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