Members of the community gathered May 8 to dedicate a cherry tree planted on the grounds of Scarsdale High School in memory of the Steinberg family.

SHS Principal Ken Bonamo said the family of five, killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica on Dec. 31, 2017, is remembered “for their service to our community and the promise they held for making the world a better place.”

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A commemorative plaque pays tribute to the memory of the Steinberg family.

Zachary Steinberg graduated from SHS in 2016 and William in 2017; their brother Matthew was at Fieldston. Irene Steinberg was actively involved in giving her time to SHS, chairing the College and Career Center. Bonamo said both she and her husband Bruce “gave generously of their time, treasure and talent to various charitable causes.”

“How fitting is it that a cherry blossom tree will be on our property to help us and those who come after us remember the Steinberg family. … The cherry blossom tree is known as sakura in Japanese and stands for renewal and hope. … Its flowering every spring will remind us that through their memory we may experience a sense of renewal and an appreciation of the beauty of life.”

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Friends Jamie Robelen, Annie Radin and Craig Carroll sit on the new bench next to the tree dedicated in memory of the Steinberg family.

SHS PTA president Karen Ceske, the PTA Executive Committee and Hathaway Road resident Pam Frankel Stein, a close friend of the Steinberg family, initiated the effort to create the memorial. In addition, Zach and William’s SHS classmates raised funds to provide a bench that sits beside it.

“Your initiative in doing this work and being here today reminds us all what is best about our community and is a touching example of how our small acts of kindness and giving are remembered and celebrated,” the principal said.

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