Assault at Fenway and Arrest of Drunk Driver
- Category: Content
- Published on 29 July 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Assault at Fenway: Darryl Benton, a 55 year-old Elmsford man who worked as a caddy at Fenway Golf Club was arrested for assault in the 3rd degree and criminal possession of a weapon after he punched the caddy master in the mouth on the morning of July 24th. Benton was angry about losing money in the soda machine in the club employee locker room. The caddy master gave Benton another soda and Benton threw the can onto the golf course. At that point, the caddy master told Benton to go home. Shortly afterwards Benton returned, punched the caddy master in the mouth and said "I am not scared of you." The caddy master had a cut and swollen lip and was taken to White Plains Hospital for treatment. Police spoke to two other men who observed the incident.
Drunk Driver: Matthew DeFruscio, age 22 of Greenwich CT was arrested for DWI and refusing to take a breath test at 1 am on July 24 after he struck a guardrail at the intersection of Greenacres Avenue and Fountain Terrace and then left his car running in the middle of Fountain Terrace. Police found De Fruscio parked in the car with the motor running. They made several attempts to wake him up and when he did wake up he said that he had been at a bar in Stamford, CT and driven a friend home to Scarsdale. At that point police noticed that the right front tire of the car was damaged and the car was smoking. Though De Fruscio did not remember what had happened, police noticed the damaged guardrail and found a piece of the car bumper near the rail. The Ford Focus he was driving was impounded and towed. His father posted $250 in bail and he was released to his parents at 5:35 am.
Cyclists Hit: A cyclist from Carthage Road, who was riding down Heathcote Road toward Scarsdale Village called police on 5:35 pm on 7/22 after his bike was hit by a woman from Yonkers who was driving at the intersection of Carthage and Heathcote Roads. The impact caused the man to fall off his bike. Another cyclist was hit on Secor Road on the morning of July 26th by White Plains man driving a 2004 Buick. The car hit the back tire of the bike which caused the rider to flip off his bike. The rider was taken to White Plains Hospital.
Identity Theft: An Ogden Road man reported that someone with his personal information attempted to open an account at Jennifer Convertibles and order merchandise to be shipped to an address in Brooklyn on July 21. The imposter had a driver's license with the Scarsdale man's name and address. Police told the man to contact the credit agencies.
Arrest: Anela Djukic, age 29 of Yonkers, surrendered to Scarsdale police on the strength of a bench warrant on the night of July 22. She was released on $100 cash bail posted by her brother-in-law and given a court date of July 23.
Violation: Marc F. Quintilani. age 31 of Garth Road was stopped by police for driving a car with a suspended registration due to a lapse in insurance at 11 am on July 25. The plates were removed from the car, it was towed and Quintalani was given a traffic summons for driving an unregistered vehicle.
Signs: Police found an unauthorized sign for GYMGUYZ posted on Heathcote Road on 7/24. The sign was removed and a summons was issued to the company that is located in Irvington. AT 10:30 am on July 26 police found signs for a garage sale posted on Fenimore Road in violation of village code. Police took down the signs and returned them to the homeowner.
Manhole: A White Plains man complained that he drove over a raised manhole cover on Saxon Woods Road at 9 am on July 25 and damaged the front wheel and the axle of his car, causing the airbags to deploy. The car was towed. The manhole was on a section of Saxon Woods Road that was beginning to be repaired.
Scrap Metal Thieves: The owner of a home on Walworth Avenue that is under construction called on 7/21 and 7/22 when she saw men drive up in a red pick up truck and remove scrap metal from her property. She described the three men. Police offered to do extra ride-bys.
Repossession: Jorge Teixra of Surety Towing and Recovery advised police that he was repossessing a 2009 Mercedes Benz 350 from the Scarsdale Sanitation Yard on July 24th.
Damage: The owner of Scarsdale Hardware Store on Scarsdale Avenue reported that the front window of the store was shattered on July 25. He believed a weed whacker caused the damage.
Abusive Customer: Police received a call at 1 pm on July 25th concerning a customer at Balducci's who was being verbally abusive to a cashier. He used foul language and made inappropriate comments. When police arrived, the man had left the store.
Lost and Found:
Missing Person: A Greenacres dad reported that his son was missing at 10:45 pm on July 26th. The son was located later on. Details were not provided.
Jewelery: On July 26 a 73 year-old woman from Corell Road said that several items, including a pearl ring were stolen from her home over the past few weeks. She reported that she had several people doing work in the house over the past few weeks.
Cell Phone: An Oak Lane woman reported that she lost her cell phone while walking on Fox Meadow Road at 3 pm on July 22. Using the find my phone app she located it near the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. Police advised her to contact Verizon.
License: A Herkimer Road man reported that he lost his driver's license at 5 pm on 7/22 somewhere near the Heathcote School.
Wallet: A young lady from Yonkers reported that she lost her Marc Jacobs wallet containing $12, a drivers license, a medical card and an Edggemont School ID on East Parkway on July 26th. She checked with the store Pookie and Sebastian and someone at the store said that a woman had found the wallet and would drop it off at the Police Station.
A woman called police at 8:40 pm on July 23 when she was trying to catch a dog that was running on Post Road. The dog belonged to a Huntington Avenue woman and the dog had gotten through the invisible fence. Someone caught the dog and returned it home.
A man found a golden retriever in the parking lot of IHM on the evening of July 26. He was not able to locate the dog's owners. Police called the New Rochelle Humane Society, but before they arrived the owner came to police headquarters to pick up the dog.
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Firsthand Accounts of the War in Israel
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 23 July 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
The war in Israel has affected the summer travel plans of many Scarsdale residents and their families. Some were already in Israel when the missiles started flying while others were scheduled to go and deliberated about putting off their plans or forging on. The people we contacted to sought to balance their wish to support Israel with concerns about their safety.
We spoke to Rabbi Jonathan Blake, head Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale about the situation and here are his thoughts:
"I hear of course a mixture of emotions: anxiety about the conflict and its escalation, pride in Jewish and Israeli unity and in Israel's conduct of the war, and a reassuring theme from many congregants that life continues to go on for Israel even under difficult circumstances. Israelis are nothing if not adaptable in crisis: sirens, bomb shelters, and emergency alerts have become part and parcel of the daily routine and there is a sense of comfort in the experience being shared among the population."
We reached out to several residents who travelled to Israel and here is what we learned. Scarsdale's Lauren Rimland is now staying close to Gaza. She sent us the following email on Wednesday July 23rd:
"I am currently in Israel with my parents and we arrived last Friday, as war was already in progress. We have been staying at my Uncle's dairy farm which is in the 40 km zone from Gaza. We have had daily sirens sending us the shelter, sometimes as many as 4 times a day. My Uncle's house does not have a shelter, so we have to run to the shelter next door. We have only 45 seconds to make it safely to the shelter. Not far from the Moshav is an Iron Dome which we are able to see and hear the loud booms. At night we are able to see the Iron Dome in action as well. We constantly hear and feel the rockets coming from Gaza. As we sit in their house, you can feel the vibrations. Everyone is on constant alert. My cousins are always on their cell phones on group communications, making sure everyone is ok and also, where the last rocket landed if it was in their neighborhood, to assess the damage."
"I have a very large family here. My aunt and uncle and their six children all live here. Each of my six cousins have family themselves and three of the families each have a daughter currently in the IDF. One is posted at the Gaza border and another is at the home front. It is disconcerting to see my 19 year-old cousin show up at her parent's farm with her rifle when she was on leave two days ago. What is truly amazing is to watch my other cousin stay composed as the sirens go off. She calmly starts singing a song as she leads her daughters into the shelter. The little girls are 2 and 4 years old. If you ask them what to do, they will tell you where to go and what to do."
"I am in awe of everyone here and will take this experience with me. I will be adding this experience to one from 1973 when i was here for my older brother's bar mitzvah in December right after the Yom Kippur war. My uncles walked into my grandparents' house and put their rifles on my grandmother's dining room table. It feel like it is deja vu."
"One of my cousins joked and said I have become like an Israeli because I am constantly checking my phone for the latest news about where the bombs are landing."
"We are supposed to return on Saturday, but Air France has indefinitely suspended travel to and from Israel, so we are now trying to figure out how to return home. Hopefully all will work out without too much difficulty."
In early July, Laura Kline, a rising senior at Scarsdale High School, was on a trip to Israel with a Jewish Organization called 92Y Havaya International when she experienced first-hand the missile conflict that is currently brewing on the Gaza Strip. Laura explained that during her two-week trip, she heard six sirens and blasts from explosions on two different occasions. Her group even had to go to a shelter for protection. Although she did not hear the explosions everyday, Laura conveyed the situation as stressful and traumatic. According to Laura, "the first time we heard the missiles, two of my Israeli friends cried. It's part of their life style unfortunately. It's not something you get used to, but with the iron dome and the shelters, you'll be ok." Because she became friends with Israeli teenagers like herself, she was able to understand the trauma they endured as missiles were being fired into their home country. She then explained, "one of my friends left the south and moved to Shoham, and she had post traumatic stress when she heard the sirens again." On one occasion, Laura and friends became aware that a missile had blown up a grocery store they were shopping in earlier that day. Luckily, she was able to stay safe.
Scarsdale's David Landau explained that his 17 year-old son Andrew has been in Israel on a NRTY trip for the last four weeks. Despite the conflict Andrew has had a great time and NFTY sent daily updates to the parents back home to keep them informed of the kids' whereabouts and to allay their fears. For the first three weeks of the trip they were able to keep to their planned itinerary. However last week they changed their plans and missed out on seeing Yad Vashem and shortened their time in Jerusalem to 1 ½ days. Though Landau has not spoken to his son much he does know that he has heard the sirens. Parents David and Melanie Landau had confidence in the iron dome and in Israel and remained relatively calm. However, Andrew was supposed to come home this week and when his flight was cancelled he was rerouted to Zurich where he will spend the night before flying to Geneva to catch a plane home. They expect to see him on Thursday July 23 after his three-day journey back.
Recent college grad Bryan Gertzog returned on July 2 from a Birthright trip to Israel and a few extra days in Tel Aviv. Here is what he shared:
"I got really lucky with the timing of my trip. Things started getting bad the day that I left, so I never really felt unsafe while I was there. I had an amazing experience on birthright and would highly recommend it when Israel becomes safer. I remember talking with the soldiers early in my trip about how the situation was relatively calm in Israel and had been for some time, with Syria being the biggest concen. Then news broke about the three boys being kidnapped and they knew right away that things might start to get worse."
And Monita Buchwald, sister-in-law of Scarsdale's Marlene Buchwald, is headed to Israel next week. She told Scarsdale10583 the following:
"We're expecting to leave in a week. We generally go to Israel every year to visit my husband Charles' family (his brother, sister-in law, their son (and daughter in law) and my nephew's 10 children. My brother-in-law lives in Bat Yam, a city South of Tel Aviv. He's an American who moved to Israel more than 40 years ago after finishing high school. Charles' parents moved there in 1973 but have since passed away. The focus of the visit is really just to spend time with family. I also have a very close friend in Jerusalem who I'll get together with. Our 29 year-old daughter Sarah is joining us on this trip. If possible, I had hoped to visit some art museums I've never been to. Since we travel there so frequently, we've seen everything touristy."
"For now, we haven't made any changes to our itinerary. I imagine, though, if the war is still on it will certainly restrict our freedom of travel. Additionally, we will really need to be aware of where bomb shelters are and how to respond to red alerts. That's certainly something we hadn't planned on."
"We're flying El Al but not sure about my daughter's plane because she's flying on US Air from Baltimore and at the moment, they aren't flying. Most of the time we will either be in Bat Yam, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem where our nephew lives. Our family is experiencing the red alerts and spending various amounts of time in safe rooms or shelters. Some have had to get out of their cars and lay flat on the road during an alarm, which is the standard operating procedure. While they are all trying to go about their regular lives, there is a sense of "battle.""
Did you go to Israel this summer? Share your experience in the comments section below.
Written by Joanne Wallenstein and Elizabeth Jacobs
SHS Teacher Maggie Favretti Recognized for Innovation in Environmental Education
- Category: Good Work
- Published on 24 July 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
SHS Social Studies Teacher Maggie Favretti has been invited to the White House on August 12th to receive an Honorable Mention for the Presidential Innovation in Environmental Education Award.
Favretti is receiving the award for her work on the Scarsdale High School Sustainable Garden Project designed to teach students the community values and individual benefits of sustainable living through sustainable food practices and community service.
Using the high school garden as an outdoor classroom, students learn by doing, gain familiarity with the natural world, and learn confident creativity through collaborative problem-solving. The project seeks to reduce poor nutrition in community food programs.
With an interdisciplinary curriculum, classes attend the garden for a number of activities: photography, drawing, architecture, sculpture, plant science, soil chemistry, nutrition, health, measurement, mathematical patterns, statistical prediction, world cultures, history, physical education and ecosystem farming are just a few.
On April 15, 2014 Favretti and the Garden Club held a conference on "Building Sustainable Communities through Backyard, School and Community Gardens" at SHS. The conference was a huge success with over 100 attendees. It resulted in the formation of the Gardens Against Hunger network and the group is currently building gardensagainsthunger.com, which will efficiently address most of the needs raised at the conference. They need donations for the web design, which will connect sustainable school and community gardens with small farms and food pantries. Anyone interested in supporting the project or being part of the network should call Favretti at 914-721-2567 or 914-462-2857.
As for Maggie, she is hopeful that her trip to the White House will include a tour of the famed White House Garden. Congratulations to Favretti and her team of gardeners.
On the Job in Scarsdale: Superintendent Thomas Hagerman
- Category: People
- Published on 22 July 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Scarsdale's newly installed Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman started work three weeks ago and according to Board President Mary Beth Gose, he has not stopped since. He did however take a few minutes out of his day to speak to Scarsdale10583 about his transition to Scarsdale, first impressions, and plans for the upcoming year.
Hagerman, who comes to Scarsdale from Winnetka, Illinois didn't have the easiest time finding a place to live in Westchester. He quickly discovered it was a highly competitive real estate market, and after two failed attempts to buy a home decided to rent instead. He is however discovering some of the County's best features such as the walking trails at the Rockefeller Preserve and good restaurants nearby.
In order to get up to speed on the issues and his constituencies, Hagerman is holding one on one meetings with teachers, administrators, union leaders, past and present board members, leaders of community groups and parents to hear their views and their concerns. Armed with answers to a series of questions he is posing, he will formulate his ideas about what the district needs to do to move forward.
However, he says there are some issues that require immediate attention and rather than wait to address these in a formalized plan, he will "build the plane while flying it at the same time," and take on issues that should be addressed now.
When asked about his overall educational philosophy, Hagerman said that he comes from a "strongly progressive background." Quoting Carlton Washburne a famed educator from Winnetka, he said he believes in educating "the whole child" and in teaching students how to take care of themselves on all levels, emotional, physical and intellectual. Recognizing that Scarsdale can be a very pressured place where good grades triumph over educational passion, Hagerman hinted that work on meeting children's emotional needs would be a part of his plan.
Hagerman was drawn to Scarsdale by the district's focus on 21st century education and innovation. He is excited by plans for the maker's space, design lab and learning commons and looks forward to working with the faculty and technology team on developing the curriculum for these new facilities. He is also impressed with a new course in the high school called City 2.0 in which students undertake "project based learning" and integrate public policy, urban planning and economics to solve a real world problem in New York involving, for example, water or open space. Once the projects are completed, students present their findings to a group of professional experts in the field.
Though he is impressed with innovation in Scarsdale he recognizes that the district's infrastructure needs an upgrade. He said that in comparison to his district in Winnetka, many of our facilities look "rough" and ready for renovation. He said the high school looks like "Hogwarts" and that we need to create an environment where kids can learn. He also cited the need for an upgrade to our technological capabilities to facilitate better communication between schools and parents and to enhance educational opportunities using new technologies. He would like to improve the district's website to include more information about the schools, increase transparency and use it to display all that the district has to offer to outsiders.
He recognized that one of the challenges in Scarsdale is maintaining seven rather small schools and staffing each one with support staff. He understands that Scarsdale values its neighborhood schools and personal relationships between parents, teachers and students but said that a network of small schools is costly in comparison to a middle school of 2,500 students that he headed up in Beaverton, Oregon.
Hagerman arrived in Scarsdale just as a new contract with the teachers was finalized. One of the provisions of the contract was the formation of a joint committee of representatives from the teacher's assocation and the Board of Education to make a recommendation on whether or not to continue to welcome the children of Scarsdale faculty who live outside the district to attend Scarsdale schools. There are estimated to be fewer than 100 out-of-district children of faculty members in attendance and the new contract calls for a study of this practice to determine whether or not this continues to be feasible. This an issue that has apparently caused some rancor among the teachers. The committee has already met two times and will continue discussions in the fall.
Though Hagerman realizes that the endpoint of a Scarsdale education is admission to college, he said "there is a college for every student," and hoped that the focus here could be on igniting a passion for learning rather than admission to a brand name school. His passion and enthusiasm for education was evident – and if he can convey that to the faculty and students, he is sure to make a difference.
Estate Sale on Kensington Road Friday and Saturday
- Category: Tag Sales
- Published on 28 July 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
EstatesNY is thrilled to offer the sale of the contents of this wonderful home on Kensington Road in Fox Meadow on Friday August 1 and Saturday August 2 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The sale will include fine antiques, extraordinary decorator quality furnishings, Oriental carpeting, antique and other lighting, beautifully designed custom window treatments throughout, exceptional Victorian carved and mirrored cabinets, a charming antique ladies writing desk, Ornate 19th Century Console or library table with detailed lions paw feet, antique Murano chandelier, French antique silk bench ...new sofas custom made with Pierre Fret upholstery and tassel trim ....
FANTASTIC!, Donghia transitional parlor chairs, French glass coffee table, baby grand piano in walnut case by Knabe; Antique game table with carved upholstered side chairs, exceptional Victorian burlwood front curio cabinet, pair of floral roll arm and back skirted sofas, carved kitchen table ensemble with decorator upholstered seats, practically new!, fine crystal and early chandeliers, all unusual. Also offered: a very special partner's desk, multiple bedroom suites featuring a high quality bedroom suite -- white painted ensemble with four poster bed, dressers, etc; other bedrooms, foosball and ping pong! a great upholstered "paw-print" paw footed ottoman! Everything in this home is in pristine condition and will be priced to sell.
Don't miss this opportunity! 6 Kensington Road, Scarsdale, NY; Friday August 1st and Saturday August 2nd from 10am-4:30pm both days. The sale is presented by EstatesNY Estate Sales and Services, handling exclusive properties. Be sure to visit estatesny.com for more pictures of this wonderful sale and sign up for our mailing list.