Dog Bites, Mischief and Injured Officer: From the Scarsdale Police
- Category: Today's News
- Published on 21 July 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Mischief: A housekeeper reported that someone had damaged the shed that holds the garbage cans and thrown garbage around at the home where she works on Sheldrake Rd home on July 14th. She also found that the newspaper had been removed from the delivery bag and shredded. The damage did not appear to be the work of an animal.
Dog Bite: A Post Road woman reported that her dog, a Bejian Frise, was bitten twice by a black and white husky at George Field Park on the morning of 7/19. The woman was walking her dog when a man walking a husky approached them. At first the husky was friendly but soon began to bite the dog on its neck and hind leg. When she returned home she found small lacerations on her dog and took it to the vet.
Police found two wandering dogs at the intersection of Canterbury and Mamaroneck Road on the morning of 7/17. Police secured both dogs and contacted the owner, who lives behind the Middle School at Kelwynne and Birchall Roads. She explained that the dogs had escaped while she was riding her horse.
Gatehouse Road residents called the police on the afternoon of July 17 when they discovered a ground hog resting against their garage door. Police attempted to secure the animal but it ran away.
A White Plains woman reported that she had lost her purse during a visit to the Scarsdale Medical Group on Heathcote Road. She went to the doctor on the afternoon of 7/14 with her purse then returned home to realize it had been misplaced. The Medical Center was unable to locate it.
A guest at Quaker Ridge Country Club reported that her wallet had been stolen from a locker on July 20th. Her wallet and black Gucci purse were placed in a locker at 2:45, but were missing when she returned at around 4:15. The locker was not locked. Missing were the $600 wallet, $400 in cash and her American Express card.
An 86 year-old woman who suffers from dementia left her home at 6 am on Monday, July 21th. Police later found her at the corner of Popham and Depot Roads.
Anita Valdmane, a resident of the residential home Search for Change who was reported missing last week was located at St. John's hospital in Yonkers on 7/19. When a car was sent to transfer her to New York Presbyterian in White Plains it was discovered that she had checked herself out that morning and was at large again.
A Claremont Road woman found an iPhone at the intersection of Walworth Avenue and Claremont Road on the night of July 16th. She turned over the phone to police who were able to identify the owner and contact her.
Lightening Strike: Stonehouse Road residents reported that their home appeared to have been hit by lightening overnight on 7/15 – 7/16. Police found damage to the roof, the third floor, the lighting, tile and walls. There was debris all over the yard from the slate roof and drainage system.
On 7-16 a Garden Road man reported that his Chase Credit Card was missing and two unauthorized charges were made on the account. A $100 gift card from Apple as well as an iPhone 5s were purchased using the card and the items were sent to UPS in Elmsford where they were picked up. The man did not know how his card had been stolen.
Flooding was reported on July 15th at the following locations:
- Brewster Road between Huntington and Kingston Roads
- 149 Brewster Road
- Fox Meadow and Paddington Roads
Harassed: On 7/15, a Bell Road woman reported that she was being harassed by a Private Investigator who had been hired by her father-in-law. She spoke to the P.I. on the phone, saw him driving near her house and saw him again at Trader Joe's. She has an order of protection against her husband and there was no court order to hire a P.I.
Singing: Police got a call about a woman sitting in her car in the Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center and yelling at 6 pm on July 15. They found the woman who claimed she was singing.
A Christie Place man called Police after he made a $45 donation to the "American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens" and then received another phone call from a police organization who said they had not received his donation. Police told him that multiple organizations are calling to solicit donations and that next time they call he should say "no thank you."
Police got a call from a Brookby Road who was disturbed about a phone call he received from Heather Gray from the IRS. He called back the number and "Sebastian Casey" told him his account had been audited and he had not paid taxes for the last 10 years. Casey claimed that the Scarsdale man would be arrested within the hour. The man called his lawyer who contacted Casey. Casey called the lawyer "a piece of shit." He determined that the call was a fraud.
A woman called police on the afternoon of July 18th when another woman near the train station would not leave her alone. Police located the two who were in a verbal disagreement about clean environmental solutions. When police arrived the woman was walking away from the complainant.
A Meadow Road man called police on the afternoon of 7/19 to say that his garbage had not ben picked up in several days.
Officer Hit by Car: A Westchester County Police Officer who was helping a driver at the intersection of Mamaroneck Road and the Hutchinson River Parkway at 9:30 pm on Saturday night 7/19, was hit by another car driven by a 63 year-old woman from Massachusetts. He was taken to Westchester County Medical Center for treatment and reported to be in stable condition on Sunday.
Below is the press release from the Westchester County Police Department:
The Westchester County Police officer who was struck by a car Saturday night on the Hutchinson River Parkway remains hospitalized today in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
The officer was struck outside his patrol vehicle about 9:30 p.m., while assisting a motorist whose car had broken down on the southbound side of the parkway near Mamaroneck Road in Scarsdale. The officer and his patrol car were struck after he had closed the right lane to create a safety zone for a tow truck that had arrived on the scene. The marked patrol car's emergency lights were activated at the time.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the officer – a 63-year-old Massachusetts woman -- was evaluated by county police and determined not to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No charges have been filed, although the investigation is continuing.
"We are grateful that the officer's injuries, though serious, are not life-threatening," said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. "The incident is a reminder of the hazards that officers face while keeping our parkways safe."
Commissioner George N. Longworth reminded motorists to exercise caution and move to the adjacent lane of travel when they encounter emergency vehicles on the parkways.
Lou Turchiano of Yonker responded to an outstanding bench warrant from Scarsdale police on July 18th. He was released without bail and given a court date of 7-23.
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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
Taiim Cellar: Now a Mediterranean Tapas Bar
- Category: Good to Eat
- Published on 23 July 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Taiim Cellar in Scarsdale Village has reinvented itself as a Mediterranean wine and tapas bar and is now offering a selection of small plates that can be enjoyed inside the sleekly designed restaurant or outside at tables on Boniface Circle. The restaurant installed a new ventilation system in the kitchen and is now permitted to grill, widening the possibilities of what they can serve.
We stopped by this week to sample the new offerings and were pleasantly surprised to find a comfortable table outside and many appealing small plates from which to choose.
Along with a glass of chilled rose, we started by sharing an endive, watermelon, pickled celery, feta and mint in a yogurt dressing. It was crisp, crunchy and refreshing. Next up was the Fritto Misto –fried calamari, shrimp and fennel served with a rich truffle aioli sauce. Maitre D' Danny highly recommended the calamari in smoky tomato sauce shown here and the flavor was indeed unique.
However my favorite was the grilled skirt steak "Bavette" with cipollini onions in romesco sauce. Next time we'll be ordering two of those. It was sizzling and delicious.
Also on the menu are Taiim's signature selection of hummus, a good choice of panini sandwiches, plus salads and an extensive cocktail list. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous and it's easy to enjoy a quick bite.
Stop by for lunch or dinner and tell Danny you saw the write up on Scarsdale10583. Taiim Cellar, 11 Boniface Circle, Scarsdale, 914-723-6900, www.taiimcellar.com.
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.