Missing: A 38 Carat Diamond Necklace , $1,000 and Luggage
- Category: Today's News
- Published on 29 July 2015
- Written by Traci Dutton Ludwig
Stolen: A Church Lane man reported someone removed his briefcase, computer and a suitcase containing clothing from his side porch July 24.
On July 24, while shopping, a woman lost her wallet in Deciccio's Marketplace on East Parkway. Later, the wallet was found in a shopping cart by an employee, but the cash – $1,000 – was missing.
The owner of Wilson and Son Jewelers on Chase Road reported that a necklace, formerly housed in a showcase, has been missing since November 12, 2014. The necklace was described as an 18-karat white gold and diamond opera necklace, containing 224 diamonds totaling 38.27 carats. It was valued at $58,400. The owner said he was not sure if the necklace had been misplaced or if it had been stolen.
Several unlocked cars were entered and rummaged through on Madison Road overnight July 26. One resident reported a few dollars in loose change had been stolen from his car. Another resident reported his red wallet had been stolen out of his car. The wallet was found on the street in front of a driveway, but $110 cash was missing from it.
On July 20, a dog walker from Pets-a Go-Go accidentally went inside the wrong Foxhall Road house looking for a dog to walk. The homeowner said the dog walker must be mistaken and asked her to leave. The dog walker left through the same side door through which she entered. The homeowner and police followed up with the dog walking company. A company representative apologized and said the dog walker was a substitute and made a mistake. The representative said the company changed their policies to avoid future similar incidents. Going forward, if a client's key does not work, the dog walker is required to call the company for the purpose of contacting the dog owner. Dog walkers are no longer authorized to try to open a door if the key does not work.
Locked in at the Scarsdale Pool:
At 8:15 p.m., July 23, police received a call about a person locked inside the Scarsdale Pool Complex. On scene, police were greeted by several lifeguards outside the pool gates. A woman, from Rectory Lane, was inside the pool complex and could not get out. She said she had been drying her hair in the lock room and had not heard the announcement that the pool complex was closing. Police unlocked the gate door, and the woman was able to safely leave the pool complex.
On July 21, an Aspen Road woman reported someone used her Social Security number and an old email address to open an online account with the Social Security administration. The woman notified the Social Security administration that the account was fraudulent.
On July 22, a Circle Road man reported someone filed a fraudulent tax return in his name. He learned about it after receiving a letter from the IRS. Additionally, the man learned that someone called Chase Bank attempting to get information about the balances in his accounts, the man said.
A 3-hour parking sign was pulled out of the ground on Stonehouse Road near the pathway to the Wayside Lane tennis courts. A passerby found the sign on July 20 and notified police. Patrol gave the sign to the highway department for replacement.
On July 21, a driver complained about a bent street sign sticking out into the road, causing a hazard. Patrol straightened the pole of the sign so it was no longer protruding into the roadway. Patrol left a notification for the highway department.
On July 25, a passerby reported a stop sign had been turned to face the wrong direction at the intersection of Greenacres Avenue and Kingston Road. Police turned the stop sign around to face the proper direction.
While on routine street patrol, police noticed an illuminated tactical style flashlight in front of a Ferncliff Road house around 2 a.m., July 21. Due to the hour ad the rash of recent larcenies in the village, police found the flashlight's presence to be disturbing. They vouchered the flashlight as possible evidence
A Bell Road resident asked highway workers to remove their wood chipping machinery from in front of her house July 21. Before police arrived to mediate the discussion, the problem had been rectified.
A man locked his bicycle to a bike rack at Depot Place, took a train into the city and returned with the key to the bicycle lock July 21. He showed police his driver's license and a receipt of purchase for the bike. He asked police to cut off the lock so he could remove his bike and ride it home. Police were helpful.
Wrong way driver:
Westchester County police asked patrol to help them find and stop a driver who was reportedly driving the wrong way on the Bronx River Parkway near the Fenimore Road exit July 24. After looking for the driver for approximately 10 minutes, the driver was not found. It is possible the driver exited the parkway or turned his or her car around to drive in the correct direction.
A Boulevard woman was awake in her bedroom at 3 a.m., July 24, and thought she heard a person sneeze outside her window. She called police, and patrol canvassed the perimeter of her house and the surrounding area. Patrol did not find any suspicious individuals or any signs of criminality.
Man in the trees:
A concerned citizen reported a man standing in the tree line at Greenacres playground while children were playing July 24. Police questioned the man who was dressed in a security guard's uniform. He provided a license and stated he was hired by the board of education to monitor the playground for safety.
Police checked the welfare of a 12-year-old Heathcote girl after the girl's father was found intoxicated in New Rochelle and taken to White Plains Hospital Center at 5:30 p.m., July 24. The girl said she was fine and did not need any assistance. She said her mother had been informed of the incident with her father, and her mother was on her way home.
At 7:15 p.m., July 24, Ross Road son called police to report his mother had been missing since 6 p.m. the previous day. While police were on scene collecting pertinent information, the mother called her husband. He went to pick her up and notified police. The mother was safe, and no one in the family requested further assistance.
A customer and a Scarsdale Avenue gas station employee were arguing over whether the customer's credit card had been charged $40 even though customer did not received any gas shortly after midnight, July 25. The gas station employee said the gas pumps were turned off, and therefore it was impossible for the customer to be charged. Patrol advised the customer to follow up in civil court if a charge appears on his credit card statement.
A Rural Drive resident reported a shattered sliding glass door July 26. Upon investigation, police determined only the interior pane of a double paned glass door had been shattered. This indicated that the damage occurred from inside the house.
An Evon Court resident reported someone was "persistently ringing" his doorbell around 2 a.m., July 27. Police canvassed the area but did not find any signs of the ringer or of related mischief or criminality.
While patrolling the central village business district on July 20, the parking enforcement officer discovered a 2010 Toyota associated with a parking ticket scofflaw on East Parkway. Police confirmed the owner of the car – Jacqueline Leone – owed a balance of $380 in unpaid parking tickets. The car was towed and impounded by police.
Cars and roadways:
After a Brambach Road resident complained about a gray Honda Accord parked on the street "for three weeks, in violation of the 3-hour parking sign," patrol attempted to contact the owner on July 21. The owner was a resident of Brambach Road but was unable to be reached.
Police issued a parking summons to the driver of a car parked in front of a Drake Road resident's driveway July 21.
Police moved a large branch off of Hampton Road July 22. They left a note for the highway department to pick it up.
Police marked tires and issued two parking summonses to drivers of cars who parked in violation of a three hour parking restriction on Brambach Road July 22.
Police issued a summons to the driver of a car parked in front of a fire hydrant on Fairview Road July 23.
Police notified the highway department about a dangling tree branch on Oakwood Place and a loose wire on Huntington Avenue July 24.
Police removed fallen branches from Post Road July 25.
Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.
At 7:30 p.m., July 22, neighbors complained of loud music coming from a Bradford Road house. Police informed the homeowner and asked him to lower the volume of the music.
Patrol saw approximately a dozen kids talking loudly and making noise in a Lincoln Road backyard at 11 p.m., July 22. The kids stopped and disappeared into a house when they saw patrol.
Police saw landscapers working in a Tompkins Road yard, with gas-powered leaf blowers on the ground near their truck July 22. Police spoke with the landscapers to educate them about village code regarding the proper use of blowers.
On July 23, police issued a summons to a window salesman soliciting without a permit on Fox Meadow Road.
Police advised a Sycamore Road resident of a noise compliant and advised the resident to lower the volume of his music July 25.
Police advised a Fox Meadow Road resident of a noise compliant and advised the resident to lower the volume of his music July 26.
On July 23, while attempting to take custody of a loose dog on Spier Road, a passerby told patrol that the dog possibly belonged to an Aspen Road resident. Patrol went to the possible owner's house, and the homeowner said she was, in fact, the owner of the dog. She claimed her dog and apologized that it had gotten out. Patrol cautioned the owner on village code regarding a dog at large.
On July 24, workers at a Carstensen Road job site reported a raccoon came out of a storm drain and tried to bite one of the workers. The raccoon ran away before police could investigate. No injuries were reported.
A Normandy Road resident reported a dead rabbit in the road July 25. Police arrived and observed a small rabbit carcass. At that time, the resident said she would prefer to bury the rabbit.
Lost and found:
A mother asked police to help find her son's car, which might have been stolen while the son was playing Frisbee on Edgewood School grounds July 20. While patrol was on scene, the young man checked Edgewood School parking lot again and found the car.
On July 20, a Cohawney Road woman reported losing two license plates last February.
A woman left a pink cosmetic bag at the Scarsdale pool complex July 24. The bag contained her pool pass, $36 cash and keys. She requested extra ridebys of her house because her keys were in the missing bag.
A man reported losing his wallet on Constitution Circle July 25. It contained credit cards, business cards and $100 cash.
Police referred a Woods Lane homeowner to the building department to help sort out a property line disagreement that the woman was having with a neighbor July 24.
Firefighters helped a driver get car keys out of a storm drain on Spencer Place July 20.
Firefighters traced the source of sewer odor in a Spier Road house to a slop sink with a clogged trap July 21.
Firefighters shut off the water supply to a broken water heater in a Horseguard Lane house and advised the homeowner to call for service July 22.
Firefighters shut gas and electricity to an oven that sparked in a Ridgecrest East house July 22. They advised the homeowner to call for service.
Firefighters determined the cause of an unusual odor in a Walworth Avenue house was a moth repellant cake in the basement July 23. Firefighter4s removed the moth repellant and gave it to the homeowner for disposal.
An odor in Chase Bank on East Parkway was found to be caused by fumes from a roof primer July 24.
This week, firefighters assisted at two car accidents in the village. They responded to one false carbon monoxide alarm and 20 false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, cooking smoke, construction dust, a plumber sweating pipes and heat from a hair dryer.
This report covering police and fire department information from July 20-28 was complied from official information.
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Synagogue Invites Gifts from the Heart in Lieu of Membership Fees
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 04 August 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
How much would you like to pay to belong to a synagogue? One local temple is permitting new members pay what they wish.
Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El on Ogden Road in Scarsdale is inviting
People who are not already members to enjoy full membership for one year without having to commit to full membership dues. A new member will be asked to give a "gift from the heart" of any amount, as a sign of sincere interest in exploring the membership experience, beginning with attendance at the High Holy Days services in the fall.
The "Welcoming Year" membership will admit new congregants to any and all High Holy Days activities, including morning services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (September 14th) and Yom Kippur, (September 23rd), as well as Kol Nidre on the evening before that Day of Atonement.
Each Welcoming Year family/individual will have a "Welcoming Partner" – an existing member family or individual, with similar background and interests where possible, to invite the new members to various events and help them to integrate into the Synagogue community. In addition, and depending on interest, other opportunities may include an informal private breakfast or lunch with the Rabbi, the Cantor, the congregation's President or another leadership volunteer of their choice, a special dinner with other Welcoming Year members, and participation in a "Sharing Shabbat" dinner at a member's home.
The Synagogue said its Welcoming Year membership program reflects the congregation's longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and is open to people who are:
• Unaffiliated with a congregation
• Interested in exploring affiliation with a new congregation
• Former members of Scarsdale Synagogue before 2012
Donna Vitale-Ruskin, the Synagogue's president, discussed the new program, saying: "At the heart of the Welcoming Year initiative is our confidence that, given the opportunity to truly sample the experience of being part of our community, new members will choose to get involved and become vital participants in our Synagogue family for many years to come. It's an investment – both in these prospective new members and in our Synagogue's future – as we continue to chart our course and build our community in ways that address the spiritual, social, educational and community needs of all who wish to be part of our synagogue family."
Rabbi Jeffrey C. Brown commented: "During the three years I have been at Scarsdale Synagogue, I have been impressed with the hands-on approach of our lay leadership. They, the outstanding people on our membership committee and other volunteers are 100% dedicated to making this innovative new membership program a major success." Speaking on behalf of Cantor Chanin Becker, Director of Religious Education Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, Executive Director Roberta Aronovitch, Director of Early Childhood Jody Glassman, Director of Youth Engagement Sarah Metzger and the rest of the synagogue's professional staff, Rabbi Brown added: "We are committed to helping entering members quickly feel at home, and establish and maintain this new connection in a supportive but low-key manner. The program is another tangible proof of what we mean by: 'Hinenu – We are here, creating a covenant community of shared lives and real relationships.'"
The Synagogue said new member applications are now being accepted. For further information, persons interested are invited to call Roberta Aronovitch, Executive Director, at 914-725-5175 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembering Book Lover Mary Allen McAden
- Category: People
- Published on 03 August 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Family, friends, parents, librarians, teachers, students and book lovers gathered at the Scarsdale Library on Friday July 31 to remember an avid reader who shared her passion for books with so many in the Scarsdale community.
Librarian Mary Allen McAden passed away on July 22 at the age of 78. McAden was the Fox Meadow School librarian for twenty years and according to one colleague she knew the name of every child in the school. Enthusiastic and animated she was a master at reading aloud to children and was able to recommend the perfect book for any reader. She retired from Fox Meadow in 2004 and then took a part time job at the Scarsdale Library and also led innumerable book groups for adults and children in Scarsdale.
Her children Abigail and Graham led a touching ceremony where they recounted her life story and shared their own memories of their mother and stories they gathered from others who knew her well. McAden grew up on a horse farm in Ohio and graduated high school as the valedictorian of her class. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio, taught high school in Ohio and moved to New York in 1963 where she attended Columbia Teacher's College. She taught at Mt. Vernon High School and then spent ten years at home raising her children, but ultimately returned to Queens College to get a master's degree in library science. From there it was onto 20 years as the Fox Meadow School librarian where she became a favorite of many in the community.
Friends called her "loyal, frumpy, smart as a whip, mischievous, tough as nails and wimpy too." Often repeated sayings included, "it's all good," "on her behalf", "for the greater good" and "a piece of work." In addition to books, McAden loved jigsaw puzzles, babies and her garden. Her friend and colleague Cheryl Higgins shared reading dates and lengthy phone calls, which McAden would open by saying, "I am calling today to take your emotional temperature." According to Higgins, their conversations always "got back to laughter."
Her son Graham said that his mother would "talk to anyone, anywhere. She had a unique ability to connect with people." He continued, "She loved books, and the stories of peoples' journeys, though her journey ended prematurely. She would have thanked you for sharing your journeys with her." He said that McAden moved to The Osborne in Rye for her last year where "she made many friends, welcomed newcomers and helped to ease people in." She told friends that "she was living it up at the Osborne."
Abigail, who is now an editor, said her mother "Worshipped the library and books and read to us and did all the voices." She remembered hours passed at the Larchmont Library and said that her mother always had a bag of books and "nothing was off limits." Though her mother did not take to technology, the one exception was her Kindle which she took everywhere and stuffed with reviews and note cards. On her last trip to California, McAden asked Abigail to bring a copy of "The Wizard of Oz" which she wanted to start to read to her grandchildren.
Abigail ended by asking everyone to leave a note card with the name of a book that McAden had introduced to them. A list will be compiled and shared.
The memorial was an inspiration and a reminder to read, share stories, laugh and, according to Mary McAden's mother, "Evaluate your choices and take that shot that looks most promising to you."
Take a Hike! Reconnecting with Nature Within 90 Minutes of Your Driveway
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 30 July 2015
- Written by Stacie M. Waldman
In 1912, when John Muir published The Yosemite, he wrote, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."
While most of us moved from the city to the 'burbs for the house and the yard, (and easy preschool admission,) we also moved closer to accessible hiking trails (thank you, car,) and should consider taking advantage of this huge perk of living outside of the city.
There are scores of hiking trails right in Westchester County and many of them are relatively easy to walk both in terms of distance and altitude gain. Driving 45 minutes over the Tappan Zee lands you at Harriman State Park/Bear Mountain where you'll find varied terrain for the novice and advanced hiker. Driving an hour to an hour and a half brings you to places like Mohonk Preserve and Hudson Highlands State Park, both of which have excellent options for more serious hikers. Some highlights for hiking in our area are listed below.
Within 30 minutes of Scarsdale
Mianus River Gorge is in Bedford, about 30 minutes from Scarsdale. There are three trail options and this is a great beginner's hike for kids or hike-hesitant adults. No dogs are allowed on the trails. The trails take you along the Mianus River and there are interesting mica and quartz quarries to observe along the way. There are no fees.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve is in Pleasantville and is located on the property of Stone Barns so good food is not far from the trailhead. A one-mile walk brings you around the pond where there are 20 miles of trails to explore. A small parking fee is charged on the weekends and dogs are permitted on the trails. The hikes are all considered easy.
Cranberry Lake Preserve is just up the road near Kensico Dam. There are four loops to walk and the purple loop leads to you a rock quarry with lovely views. The rocks from this quarry were used to build Kensico Dam. The on-site and free nature center has programs on the weekends and is open during the week. This is a great place to bring kids, even very young ones. Parking is free.
Within 60 minutes of Scarsdale
Westmoreland Sanctuary and Butler Sanctuary are beautiful nature preserves in Mt. Kisco. Both sanctuaries have short, easy hikes and are therefore ideal for kids. Both Westmoreland and Butler offer exceptional bird migration viewing opportunities.
Ward Pound Ridge is often touted as the park with the best hiking in Westchester. With 41.9 miles of trails and some surprises like caves, there's something for everyone. You can even camp here. Many people suggest hiking a five or seven mile loop to get a feel for the preserve and get your legs moving. Although the hiking itself is not difficult, some of the trails are long so bring water and snacks. A parking fee is charged.
If you're looking for something with a higher elevation gain consider Anthony's Nose. Located in Cortlandt, this "out and back" hike climbs quite a bit on the way there but offers exceptional views of the Hudson River and the Bear Mountain Bridge from the top. There's some elevation gain on this 2.6-mile hike so wear solid hiking or running shoes. Expect the hike to take 2-3 hours.
Breakneck Ridge in the Hudson Highlands State Park is considered the most strenuous hike in the Hudson Valley on the eastern side. Near Cold Spring, loop trails between 5 and 10 miles long require rock scrambling and true hiking prowess. Although equipment isn't needed for the rock scrambles, expect to use your arms and legs to pull yourself up boulders as part of your hike. The excellent views are your reward and you will definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish this hike. It's best to go on a weekday or early in the morning to avoid crowds.
Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain boast over 200 miles of accessible hiking trails including some Appalachian Trail hikes. A nice perk of many of these hikes is that a cool lake for swimming is never far from a trail. There are many beginner hikes within the park and there are more moderate to difficult hikes as well. The park lies just over the Tappan Zee Bridge and it's close to great outlet shopping as well if have energy left after your day hike.
Walkway over the Hudson is a pedestrian bridge that spans the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. At 212 feel above the Hudson, the walkway is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Hiking over and back is a 2.5 mile trip. Fall foliage season is a popular time to walk the bridge but a little known secret is that the walkway actually gets plowed in the winter! There's a fee for the parking lots but street parking may also be available. There is no incline so this walk is a great place for hesitant hikers to begin –though not if they're scared of heights.
Within 90 minutes of Scarsdale
Mohonk Mountain Preserve offers some of the best hiking within 90 minutes of our hometown and the preserve knows it, because they charge a whopping $12 per hiker to walk their trails. There are gentle beginner trails as well as extremely challenging ones like Bonticou- a 6-mile loop that includes a very challenging rock scramble. If you're looking for an overnight excusion, Mohonk Moutain House is a luxury, all-inclusive resort and you'll have use of the grounds during your stay.
Minnewaska State Park has 200 5-star reviews on Tripadvisor. A hiker's dream, there are waterfalls, lakes, and trails for everyone. This is a great place to go if you're looking for solitude. New Paltz is under 90 minutes awy by car and has some great post-hike dining options. If you're heading up to Minnewaska, don't read the articles about the leech infestation at the lake last year!
Check out this great hiking site. You can plug in the length, location, and difficulty of the hike you're looking for as well as features like "dogs allowed" or "fees charged" to get a map of your options and find the perfect hike.
Enjoy "nature's workshop," a term coined by John Muir. And as Henry David Thoreau wrote, remember that, "...our lives...need the relief of where the pine flourishes and the jay still screams."
Edgemont Teen Gets Accolades at Carnegie Hall
- Category: Bulletin Board
- Published on 04 August 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Edgemont's Ananya Gurumurthy earned second place in the American Protégé International Vocal Competition on July 5th at Carnegie Hall where she sang "Alleluia" from Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart.
Ananya will be a freshman in high school in Edgemont in September. She is an aspiring soprano who is passionate about music and was selected for the All-County Chorus for the past three years. Ananya sings many different styles, including classical, jazz and blues. Recently, Ananya was selected by her school to participate in the Jazz Chamber Choir. She has also completed five levels of certification in the New York State School of Music (NYSSMA) festival for voice and piano. When she is not singing, Ananya can be found spending time with her friends at school or relaxing with her family and playing with her younger brother.
Ananya sings with vocal coach Anna Veleva, a renowned opera singer who is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music with a MM degree in Voice.