Police Report: Another Burglary and Trouble at Christie Place
- Category: Today's News
- Published on 25 November 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
A home on Brite Avenue was burglarized some time between 8:30 am and 7:40 pm on Wednesday, November 19. Drawers were tossed, a jewelry box was found open, the closet door was ajar and a suitcase and plastic box were open in the master bedroom. The back door leading to the dining room had been pried open. The homeowner did not discover that the home had been entered until the evening. The woman did not believe that anything was missing.
On November 20, a Morris Lane woman reported that her Calatrava Patek Phillipe watch, valued at $22,000, has been missing for five months.
On 11/23 a Mamaroneck Road woman reported that her diamond engagement ring with a silver band was stolen from her home.
A high school student said that his black Gary Fisher bike, valued at $500, had been taken from the lawn of a home on Ferncliff Road on November 20th. At 7:30 am the boy left the bike unlocked on the front lawn and went to school on the bus. When he returned at 1:30 pm the bike was gone.
Fight: A Herkimer Road woman reported that she was having ongoing difficulties with a developer who was building a house next door to hers. She has had some differences with the developer over the construction project including the elevation of the new home. She attended a BAR meeting on the night of 11/17 where the issues were addressed. When she was leaving the meeting the developer allegedly threatened her saying, "You are on my bad side and will never get off. I am a rich man and I will break you." The woman feared for her safety and reported the threats to the police.
Dispute: A Mamaroneck Road woman came to headquarters on 11/20 to complain that her neighbor's gardeners from Marjorie Lane were on her property. She was concerned that she would be liable if they were injured while on her property. Police called the neighbors but also said that this was a civil matter.
Christie Place: Residents of Christie Place complained to police on 11/17 that they smelled gas and their carbon monoxide alarms had sounded. Police found that workers were using power equipment in the lower level of the Christie Place garage but the exhaust fans were not working. Electricians discovered that the gas control system was deactivated. The cover of the box was removed, screws were missing and a module for the panel was inside by detached. When they fixed it, the fans immediately went on.
A man called police when he got stuck in the elevator in the Christie Place garage for a few minutes at 6:45 pm on 11/19. Shortly after he called, the elevator doors opened and he got out. At 6:30 am on 11/24 another man was stuck in an elevator at Christie Place, this time on the third floor. The Fire Department was called to get him out and the power to the elevators in the East Building was turned off until they could be fixed.
Vandalism: A Montrose Road man reported damage to his 2006 Honda Civic when it was parked in his driveway overnight. On the morning of 11/23 he found that the driver's door handle had been damaged, perhaps in an attempt to get into the car which was locked at that time. Nothing was removed from the car.
Phony Phone Calls: A Brambach Road woman reported getting harassing phone calls from someone who claimed to be from the U.S. Immigration Service. The caller said that the Scarsdale woman was in trouble and needed to speak to her attorney. She had gotten several calls from the same number. When her husband called back the number from his cell phone she immediately realized that the caller was her housepainter, Edgar Garcia. She told Garcia that she knew it was him and that she would call the police. Garcia begged her not to inform the SPD but she did tell police in an effort to determine whether Garcia had obtained money or goods from anyone as a result of his calls.
Found: A set of keys was found on Chesterfield Road on the afternoon of 11/19 and turned over to police for safekeeping. The key ring contained a fob for a Mercedes Benz and several door keys.
A wallet was found on 11/22 and turned over to the highway department. Police determined it belonged to a middle school student and left a message at his home.
An iPhone 5 was found in Scarsdale and turned over to police on the night of November 19. Police called a number on the phone and found out that the phone belonged to the respondent's co-worker.
Lost: A Brambach Road man reported that he lost his wallet containing a Citibank credit card, a Chase freedom credit car, a Florida driver's license and $10 in cash in the area of the Food Emporium in Eastchester on November 18.
A woman came to headquarters on 11/22 to say that she lost her Louis Vuitton $900 wallet at Q-Noodle in Eastchester around 1 pm. She said it contained $100, 5 credit cards, a debit card, her license and her green card. Police told her to cancel her credit and bank cards and to go back to Q-Noodle to look for the wallet.
A man called police at 4:30 pm on November 19th when he could not find his car. He said he parked it on Brewster Road near Huntington Avenue but it was no longer there. Police found the car parked on Brite Avenue near Huntington.
Accidents: A White Plains woman who was walking in Scarsdale Village was hit by a car when she was crossing East Parkway inside the crosswalk. The driver said she did not see the pedestrian due to the glare from the sun.
A Lockwood Road man who was attempting to park at a spot on Spencer Place on the afternoon of November 19 ran into a parking meter. He said his foot slipped on the brake pedal and hit the gas.
Arrests: Danielle Harper, age 30 of Mt. Vernon, was arrested by police for an outstanding warrant for speeding on the morning of 11/21 after she was stopped by police in Pelham. Her sister posted $200 bail and Harper was released and given a court appearance date of November 26.
Fidel Matias-Hernandez, age 29 of Yonkers, was arrested for unlicensed driving on the morning of 11/21. Police found him pulled over on the shoulder of Mamaroneck Road. Hernandez claimed his "car shut off." He did not have a driver's license and police found it had been suspended in December 2013 for driving while impaired by alcohol and for failure to pay fees on 3/4/14.
Traffic: A driver called police on the night of 11/17 when his vehicle struck a large trench in the road in front of 33 Garden Road which damaged the front driver's side tire. Police believe that the trench was part of a construction project at 36 Garden Road. The fill had washed away and left a large hole in the road. On 11/23 police got another complaint from a driver who said that his car was damaged by the same trench. He said there were no traffic cones or a metal plate to warn drivers of the hole.
A driver of a Chevy pickup truck from Baldwin Place, NY was entering a driveway on Garden Road on the morning of November 18 when his truck struck a fire hydrant which started to release water resulting in "a water condition" on Garden Road. The Water Department was called to shut off the hydrant.
A traffic officer alerted police to a scofflaw vehicle parked at an expired meter on Boniface Circle on November 18th. After they confirmed that the car belonged to an active scofflaw police called the towing service and impounded it.
Noise: A neighbor who lives near the Fox Meadow Tennis Club called police at 10:10 pm on 11/19 to complain that people were still playing after the 10 pm closing time. Police went to the club where the players reported that they had a serious league match in progress and were not aware that it was after closing time. Police issued a verbal warning.
Deer: At 11 pm on 11/21 police got a call about an injured deer on the lawn of a home on Sheldrake Road. Police found that the deer's left paw was injured but it was able to run into the woods on the remaining three limbs.
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Contribute to the PBA Toys for Tots Drive
The Scarsdale Police Benevolent Association is conducting its annual "Toys for Tots Drive" starting on November 28th. The collection drive will continue through December 19th, 2014. The drop off location will be at Scarsdale Police Department HQ lobby. All toys must be new and unwrapped.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
Health Reserve Fund for Scarsdale Schools Okayed by Governor Cuomo
- Category: Schools
- Published on 26 November 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Thanks to State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin the Scarsdale School District will again be permitted to maintain a health reserve fund. After considerable lobbying Paulin and State Senator Andrea Stewart- Cousins were able to get the bill through both legislative bodies in NYS and have it signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The bill will allow the Scarsdale Union Free School District (the District) to maintain its insurance reserve fund for the self-insured health insurance plan the District provides for employees. The District established the reserve fund more than 25 years ago to mitigate the potential negative impact of large and unanticipated health claims in excess of budget.
Through the combination of self-insurance and maintaining a reserve fund, the District and its taxpayers have obtained substantial cost savings over the years, saving approximately $5.7M over the past five years.
The District had maintained the reserve fund without incident until a few years ago when its external auditors questioned its appropriateness. Without this legislation, the District would have been required to eliminate the reserve fund and explore options, including whether to continue self-insuring its health insurance.
"Knowing how important it was that the District be permitted to maintain this reserve fund and use it as a practical tool to stabilize costs, I am so pleased that we were able to get this legislation passed and signed," Paulin said. "The school board and the administration should be commended for its patience in working through a legislative solution to this issue. It took a little time but I think it was worth the wait. This is a win-win for the District and the taxpayers."
Tales from the Shark Tank
- Category: People
- Published on 25 November 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
If you watch the popular TV show Shark Tank on December 12th, you may see a familiar face. Scarsdale's Howard Adler will appear on the show with investor Daymond John and inventor Morri Chowalki who stopped by Adler's office for an update on a product that made its debut on Shark Tank in December, 2013.
At the time, Morri Chowalki was selected from hundreds of candidates to pitch his idea for a "Hanukkah Tree Topper" on the show. He was successful in getting funding from entrepreneur Daymond John to launch the product which is a Star of David that sits on top of a Christmas tree. The product is targeted at interfaith families where one spouse celebrates Christmas, and the other Hannukah.
With funds in hand, Morri met Howard Adler who couldn't have been a more perfect partner to produce the interfaith tree topper. Adler and his brother Cliff, also of Scarsdale, run Kurt S. Adler, a leading producer of Christmas ornaments, lights and collectibles. Though these two are Jewish they could easily be called the Kings of Christmas as they dominate the market for Christmas goods. Their products are sold throughout the U.S. and the world.
The Hanukkah Tree Topper is now produced in two varieties – the original silver star of David and a stained glass star that lights up and is powered by batteries. Adler reports that though the market for the product is limited to families of mixed faiths, it is selling nicely and will continue to be sold in upcoming years.
Adler told us that the Shark Tank crew came to his showroom a few weeks ago and filmed him speaking to Morri and Daymond for hours – but assumes it will be edited down to a short clip to be aired on the December 12th show.
In the meantime, if you're looking for a Hanukkah Tree Topper for your Christmas tree, they are in stock at Bed and Bath in Elmsford and available on Amazon.
Shop the Dale for Great Deals on Saturday November 29
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 24 November 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
On Saturday Scarsdale merchants will host their first "Small Business Saturday" and offer great deals and discounts to local shoppers. 35 local businesses in downtown Scarsdale, the Golden Horseshoe and at the Heathcote Five Corners will offer substantial discounts, free food and gifts plus raffles to give shoppers an economical way to begin their holiday shopping.
The event came about through a partnership between The Acceleration Project (TAP) and the Chamber of Commerce in response to local consumers' desire for improved pricing and value. Results from TAP's Buy Local study, including quantitative survey feedback from local customers, demonstrated a real need for meaningful promotions. "Consumers truly want to support local businesses, but they also want good value. Scarsdale's Small Business Saturday is the perfect answer," said Jane Veron, TAP Co-Founder and Co-CEO.
Small Business Saturday has been gaining momentum nationwide as a recognized day for consumers to support their local businesses when beginning their holiday shopping. "On November 29, it is our hope that local residents patronize local merchants for their holiday gift giving and festivities. Our merchants depend on holiday shopping and orders for their long term business health, "said Lisa Tretler, TAP Co-Founder and CEO. For every $100 spent in local independent businesses, $45 on average goes back into our local economy versus $0 when spending online," Tretler said.
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