Village Reveals Reval Stats Plus Home Sales and Featured Listings
- Category: Real Estate
- Published on 29 June 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
This week Scarsdale Village managers released statistical charts analyzing the 2016 revaluation. They show changes in assessments by percentage and by neighborhood and can be viewed on the Village website here:
The data shows that almost half of village homeowners were affected by the 2016 revaluation, with assessments for 49% of residents changing by more than 10%. The data also show that assessments for more homes went up than down. 31% received an increase of more than 10% and only 18% received a decrease of more than 10%.
A few observations about neighborhoods:
The largest decreases in assessments occurred in Heathcote with 26% decreasing more than 10% followed by Greenacres with 21% decreasing more than 10%.
As some have suspected, the largest percentage of increases on home assessments were in Edgewood, with 41% of homes having an increase above 10%. Quaker Ridge followed with with 35% of homes increasing more than 10%.
Residents of Fox Meadow have complained vehemently about receiving a neighborhood multiplier of 1.3 that increased their assessments; however, the data shows otherwise, with 57% of Fox Meadow residents' assessments changing a minimal with a minimal plus or minus10%.
Though Village Trustees originally stated that the second revaluation was to correct the outliers, we now see that assessments of 49% changed more than 10%. So this revaluation appears to be more of a redo than a tune-up.
13 Stonehouse Road
This Colonial home was re-done from 2005-2014. This home sits on 0.45 acres of professionally landscaped property with a fenced in yard. There is approximately 4,900 interior square feet, 13 rooms including four bedrooms and four and a half baths. There is a two-story entry hall, a living room with a wood burning fireplace and built-ins, a den, a formal dining room, library, modern eat-in kitchen with breakfast room, and sliding doors to the patio. There is also a first floor bedroom and bath. On the second floor, there is a master bedroom with two walk-in closets (one was a bedroom) and a master bath. Two additional bedrooms with a hall bathroom and an upstairs landing for a work-station complete the second floor. On the lower level, there is a playroom, gym, laundry room, powder room and a two-car garage.
Sale Price: $2,320,000
47 Graham Road
This home offers new construction in Heathcote with a two-story entry foyer, hardwood floors, French doors, custom millwork and a kitchen with a center island, stainless appliances, and breakfast area. Adjacent to the kitchen is a family room with a fireplace and doors to a bluestone terrace in the flat backyard. There is a master suite with walk-in closet/dressing room. All five bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. There is also a central vacuum system, recessed lighting and a heated two-car attached garage.
Sale Price: $2,180,000
23 Cayuga Road
This ranch home is on 1.25 acres of level property located on a cul-de-sac in the Heathcote section of Scarsdale. There is almost 1,500 square feet on the lower level and a deck facing the water. There are also three fireplaces.
Sale Price: $1,650,000
17 Forest Lane
This six bedroom, four bathroom Colonial has five-zone heating, a modern eat-in kitchen/family room, mudroom, first floor bathroom, double doors that open to two separate patios, outdoor speakers, and a fenced-in, landscaped and level backyard with a sprinkler system. There is a living room with built-ins, gas fireplace, sun-room, formal dining room with French doors on the first floor. The second floor has a master bedroom with three closets, dressing room, en-suite bathroom, plus three additional bedrooms and a hall bath. The third floor has two bedrooms, a hall bath, and storage. There is radiant floor heating in the kitchen and second floor bedrooms. The lower level has a finished playroom, gym, laundry room and workroom, utilities and storage space. There is a slate roof and custom-made wood shutters.
Sale Price: $1,525,000
108 Brewster Road
This red brick center hall Colonial in Greenacres has hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, new windows, central air conditioning, and a new roof. There are French doors from the living room to a library/office/music room and screened-in porch, a formal dining room with built-in corner hutches, a new eat-in kitchen adjacent to the family room, a mud room/powder room, a patio out back, and a two-car garage. Upstairs, there is a master bedroom suite with a new bath and walk-in closet. There are two additional bedrooms and a hall bath. There is also walk-in attic storage. On the third floor, there are two bedrooms and a hall bath. The lower level offers an additional 215 square feet of finished space.
Sale Price: $1,505,000
45 Drake Road
This classic brick center hall Colonial is sited on a level .38 acre in Heathcote. This home features four bedrooms on the second level, a first floor bedroom/home office, three full baths, one half bath and a chef's eat-in kitchen with granite counters, high end stainless appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking range and hood and two wine refrigerators. The fully fenced, level yard has a covered porch and a slate patio. The square footage includes a finished playroom (approximately 270 square feet) on the lower level that leads to a storage/laundry room and an attached garage.
Sale Price: $1,445,000
15 Claremont Road
This center hall Colonial four bedroom brick home is totally updated. Features include a new master bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower, two walk-in closets, a new hall bath, a kitchen/family room addition, a laundry room right off the kitchen, refinished oak floors, a repaved driveway, a slate roof, a deck off the family room, copper gutters and leaders, two-zone central air conditioning, four-zone hot water heat, and a four car tandem attached garage. There is an additional 825 square footage in the finished basement.
Sale Price: $1,442,500
19 Palmer Avenue
This Heathcote colonial has an entry foyer with granite floors, living room, formal dining room, renovated kitchen with Bosch, Thermador and Liebherr appliances, plus a breakfast area with a door to the patio and yard, powder room, and laundry room. A family room with a stone fireplace completes the first floor. Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with a bathroom, plus three more bedrooms and a hall bathroom. The finished basement adds an additional 1,100 square feet of finished space.
Sale Price: $1,090,000
1 Myrtledale Road
This renovated center hall Colonial has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, hardwood floors throughout, a living room with fireplace and large picture window to the level backyard, a family room with sliding glass doors to the garden, a formal dining room, a renovated custom kitchen opening to the deck, an office (which could be a fourth bedroom), a renovated powder room, a garage, mudroom and laundry room on the first floor. The second floor features a master suite, a newly renovated full bath that opens to the hall and two additional bedrooms.
Sale Price: $999,000
235 Old Army Road
This four bedroom Tudor in the heart of Edgemont has been renovated with a new roof (slate shingles), new gutters, new windows, new stone on walkways and front porch, and custom landscaping with premium specimen plantings. There are freshly painted skim-coated walls, re-sanded wood floors, crown moldings, re-glazed and fitted leaded windows, a new marble hearth around the living room wood burning fireplace, a custom kitchen and baths, and a custom designed master bedroom with pickled wood floors, dressing area and all new cabinetry and closets.
Sale Price: $1,360,000
106 Highland Road
This home is on almost a half acre of flat property. Features include skylights, hardwood floors in all four bedrooms, family room with bow window and wood burning fireplace, kitchen with sub-zero refrigerator, master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, master bath with skylight, double sinks, spa tub and an enclosed shower. There is a back patio through the Andersen sliding doors from the family room and kitchen. The basement has a wet bar, a half bathroom and a separate entrance. There is a sprinkler lawn system, new roof, new garage door, and new hot water heater.
Sale Price: $907,500
50 Argyle Road
This four bedroom Colonial has two full baths that were renovated in 2015, a kitchen and powder room renovated in 2010 and a sunroom added in 2005. There is a level private yard and a two car garage. This home was recently painted and the floors sanded. There are also new windows and wood floors throughout.
Sale Price: $900,000
15 Kingwood Road
This split-level home with a portico, deck, patio, and wine cellar/workshop is located on 0.4 acres. This home has hardwood floors throughout, is freshly painted, and has a new Pergo floor in the basement. The garage has been converted to living space.
Sale Price: $802,500
2 Rectory Lane, Scarsdale
This extraordinary residence, built in 2013 by one of Scarsdale's premier builders, has been fully landscaped, outfitted and decorated with the ultimate in luxury, quality and design. Like stepping into the pages of architectural digest and within a short walk of Scarsdale shops/train, this Fox Meadow Colonial boasts 7 bedrooms, 6.2 baths, high ceilings (10ft on 1st floor), walls of windows, open floor plan, extensive millwork, ornate wall coverings, sophisticated finishes and a flat, private backyard. Dramatic entry hall with view of lush yard, oversized formal rooms, 2 fireplaces, eat-in-kitchen with wolf range and breakfast banquette and adjacent family room with built-ins are highlights on the 1st floor. Exquisite master suite with Juliet balcony, custom dressing room and luxurious master bath, laundry, 4 additional bedrooms and 3 baths are on the 2nd floor. Third floor with bedroom/office and full bath. Lower level has a playroom, gym, bedroom, and 1.1 baths. Move right in and enjoy! For more information, click here.
List Price: $3,895,000
18 Cooper Road, Scarsdale
Beauty and tranquility await you as you step onto this magnificent property, and enter into a very luxurious home. Gracious rooms abound throughout this 6197 square foot house. The expansive living room boasts a beautiful fireplace and can accommodate two or three seating areas. The wonderful breakfast room with sliding glass doors to the patio and vistas of the pool and extraordinary backyard are visible from the thru entry hall with marble flooring. A mahogany paneled library/family room with fireplace features a high ceiling and sliding library ladder up to the highest bookshelves. The stunning dining room can host wonderful dinner parties. An expansive elegant rear hallway (mudroom) off the kitchen leads to a fifth bedroom and en-suite bath. Relax in the elegant master bedroom, dressing room suite. Nestled on expansive property amidst lush lawns and mature plantings, this beautiful home is a perfect backdrop for gracious and easy living and sophisticated entertaining. For more information, click here.
List Price: $3,675,000
77 Hampton Road, Scarsdale
Premier Georgian brick Colonial of incomparable beauty, quality and size with classic proportions and exquisite architectural details. Features: high ceilings, updated ultra-kitchen, updated Waterworks bathrooms, custom wood built-ins throughout, beautiful hallway stained glass Palladian window, interior painted and new carpeting, hand-stenciled center hall floor, copper gutters and leaders, private backyard with large slate patio and stunning professional landscaping with outdoor lighting, new extensive sprinkler system, new heat pumps and CAC condensers. Ideally located in the heart of Fox Meadow: one block to elementary school and playgrounds, easy walk to high school, track and library, Hartsdale train, restaurants, shopping and close to Bronx River Parkway to New York City. Wonderful light-filled space for living and entertaining. For more information, click here.
List Price: $2,395,000
24 Cambridge Road, Scarsdale
Private country setting in the heart of the Greenacres estate area of Scarsdale. This unique home offers breathtaking curb appeal and a rare 0.76 private manicured acre in a quiet, beautiful and sought after location within award winning Scarsdale School District. Walk to train station and shops (1.1 mile) while living in a rare peaceful oasis of true privacy. The exquisite formal rooms showcase sunny southern exposures and breathtaking views of serene private grounds. The expansive and bright living room offers two seating areas, a wood burning fireplace and large windows. The family room adjoins the living room offering an ideal layout for everyday family living and formal entertaining. The eat in kitchen boasts generous storage including built ins and two walk in pantries. The second level has 5 spacious bedrooms and three full bathrooms. This property presents ample room for a pool and expansion and a unique opportunity for gracious everyday living and elegant entertaining. For more information, click here.
List Price: $1,945,000
6 Stratton Road, Scarsdale
Masterful design and modern luxury are uniquely embodied in this one of a kind, custom built home. This picture perfect, brick, center hall colonial is exquisite and light filled with 9+ foot ceilings. Quality crafted with design and functionality in mind including custom moldings and built-in cabinets. Top of the line kitchen features Calcutta Island and back splash, Wolf/Subzero appliances including steam and convection ovens, warming drawer, oversized pantries with storage. Mudroom directly off attached garage with floor to ceiling storage and cubbies. Each bath has custom marble vanity and Master has radiant heat floor and steam shower. Sun drenched office has private entrance and French doors to Living Room. Basement has a Gym with Ballet Studio, Playroom, Professional Laundry room, potential au pair suite and full bath. Gorgeous outdoor living and entertaining space has built in bluestone countertop, natural gas grill with Rotisserie, burner and refrigerator. Walking distance to schools, worship, shops and other amenities. For more information, click here.
List Price: $1,850,000
5 Eaton Lane, Scarsdale
Sunday, July 3, 2:00-4:00pm
New to the market! Fully renovated sleek and stylish home on tranquil dead end street within walking distance to Greenville elementary school and bus station. This home has been thoughtfully updated with open spaces and great layout for modern living. Custom kitchen w/ top of the line appliances, ceaser stone countertops, and breakfast island. Entertaining is easy with open dining room & living room with gorgeously appointed stacked stone fireplace. There are 3 bedrooms w/ 2 full baths on second level. The lower level has an amazing family room with sliders to backyard & heated pool. There is also a guest room & full bath. The basement is also finished with a playroom, custom carpet and built ins. Other updates include a brand new hot water tank and AC compressor. In 2013 all the windows were replaced as well as the roof, furnace, siding & windows and doors throughout entire house. This is an amazing opportunity to move right into this immaculately maintained home in sought after Edgemont school district. For more information, click here.
List Price: $1,199,000
July 4th Weekend in Scarsdale: Fireworks, Neighborhood Celebrations and Carnival at the Scarsdale Pool
- Category: Parenting
- Published on 30 June 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Fireworks Tonight at the Scarsdale Pool, Celebrationsin Arthur Manor and Greenacres and a Carnival Day on Monday: Here's your July 4th weekend line-up:
The Village of Scarsdale will host their Fireworks Spectacular at the Scarsdale Pool tonight, Thursday June 30th at 9:15 pm. The show is open to the public. Non-pool members can enter the pool complex after 5 pm for a fee of $2. Members and non-members will pay an entrance fee of $2 to enter after 8 pm.The Westchester Band will play as well, starting at 8 pm.
The Greenacres Neighborhood Association will host a July 4 celebration on Monday July 4th from 9 am to 12 noon on Greenacres Field. There will be games, races, a patriotic program plus a visit from the Scarsdale Fire Department - who will cool everyone off with a big water spray. Enjoy bagels, munchkins and watermelon too.
The Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association will hold its 88th Annual July 4th parade and celebration on Monday, July 4th. The lineup for the parade will begin at 9:15 am at the corner of Bell and Sprague and the parade will start promptly at 9:45 am. Children interested in participating in the parade can dress in patriotic costume or decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons or strollers. The celebration continues at Davis Park with a brief ceremony, field games and refreshments. Who will win the annual egg toss this year? Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing baked goods please contact Margaret Marcus at 723-0870 or email@example.com or Matt Martin at 723-1455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the pool complex will have a carnival day on Monday July 4th.
Here's the tentative line-up for Monday's event:
There will be a live DJ, two costumed characters, a bouncy castle, temporary tattoos, and prize giveaways and events throughout the afternoon. Here is the tentative schedule:
12:00- freestyle swim races
12:30- wading pool penny hunt
1:00- kickboard races
1:45- parent/child relay race
2:00- foul shooting contest
2:15- inner tube races
3:00- diving pool basketball dunk contest
The Class of 2016 Has Its Day in the Sun
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 27 June 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
There could not have been a more perfect June day for a graduation –- cool, sunny, dry and comfortable for the hundreds of parents, grandparents, teachers, friends and supporters who came to cheer on the 356 graduates in the Scarsdale High School Class of 2016.
Before the processional, the spirited but well-behaved group gathered in the gym and honored two class members who were singled out for marching to their own drummers and being their own person. Ben Isaacs Stevens and Signe Louise Porsborg Forsingdal both looked surprised but pleased to be recognized. Assistant Principal Sue Peppers told the class that this was her last graduation after 28 years at SHS and advised the students to "stay close to their friends."
With that they lined up in alphabetical order and marched out to Dean Field to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance played by the Symphonic Band under the baton of conductor Jason Noble.
School Board President Lee Maude advised the students to "try something new," do something you're not good at," and to "experience all life has to offer," before ceding her time to Board V.P. William Natbony who had a daughter in the graduating class.
A child actor, Natbony drew an analogy between the high school experience and a theatrical play. He said, "There's something really special about High School -- I like to think of its as a four year long drama club production. As parents we can attest that there WAS a lot of drama in that production. There are many rehearsals -- some go really well, while others not so well. Over the four years of rehearsal, the actors, musicians and tech crew bask in their accomplishments and learn from their mistakes along the way. Teachers, counselors and parents provide notes along the way, giving the production structure and imparting valuable knowledge to those who participate. And then there are the friendships -- both the nurturing of old friendships and the making of new ones -- friendships that result in a collaborative and continuing performance in a show called "life."
He continued, "In As You Like It, Shakespeare wrote that "all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." I would suggest to the Class of 2016 that YOU are those "players" and you are about to set foot on that world stage. You will have a vast audience -- your family, your peers, your colleagues and the world at large. You will have the power to influence, the ability to create, the knowledge to innovate and the persuasiveness to move people. Do not be afraid to use your voice as you perform your various life roles. Be strong in your convictions and compassionate in your actions. Never lose sight of your own personal potential or your creative voice. Never underestimate your talent and your ability to spark change -- find your passion, perform a meaningful role using that passion, and your reviews will be great. I also urge you to perform well the role of representing Scarsdale in the global community and keeping true to our District's motto of "non sibi" -- not for one's self alone...... Today is the "opening night" of your next show. The rehearsals are over. The audience has filed in. The stage manager has called "places". The overture is finished. The curtain is rising. The lights are coming up. The spotlight is on you. And you're on. Break a leg!"
It was a bittersweet day for class advisors Larry Brown and Ann Liptak who retired at the end of the school year. Charlie Musoff thanked Brown, saying he "encouraged us to be our most sarcastic selves!" He called Brown a "beloved teacher," who always helped the class do what they wanted to do and told Brown to "enjoy some more golf." Matthes Drescher thanked Ms. Liptak for "being there for everyone," and helping the class through everything from Junior Olympics to the Senior Class Play. He said, "To know Ms. Liptak is to know that you're not alone."
The two advisors took the stage and thanked the class for showing them a few things ... like "The Brian," the best sandwich at Nonni's, and the second meaning of words like "darty, dank (cool) and word (sounds good)." They reminisced about dancing the night away at the best senior prom ever and ending the year with a colored powder throw.
Brown remembered a favorite student who graduated in 2005 and passed away last week at the age of 29. In his year book, he quoted Derek Zoolander saying, "I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."
Brown offered the following advice on what we could learn from this young man's life:
- Live large. The world is your oyster, and you should either go big or go home.
- Don't sweat the small stuff. Life is simply too short to worry about meaningless things, particularly things that are out of your control.
- Be forgiving. We are all human, prone to making mistakes. Forgive the acts of others as you would like to be forgiven.
- Embrace the world around you. As Ann said earlier, we are all in this together, so whether it is your community, your nation or the entire world, give back to others.
- And finally, never postpone joy. Our time together as friends and family is short and precious, so Carpe Diem!
Ann Liptak choked up as she quoted Walt Whitman saying,
I tramp a perpetual journey,
But each man and each woman of you I lead upon a knoll,
My left hand hooking you round the waist,
My right hand pointing to landscapes of continents and the public road.
Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself.
It is not far, it is within reach ..."
They ended by saying, "We say goodbye with beautiful memories in our heards and we say good to you with tears in our eyes." Many in the audience choked back tears themselves.
Class VP Owen Marsh thanked everyone at the school, from the principals to the custodian, the secretaries, nurses, library staff and aids for keeping the school running smoothly.
Class President Clare Chan said it was difficult to find words to name this feeling. She said she felt like an Emoji with eyes and no mouth and captured the moment with the word WOW. Putting on the gown, she said, gave her goosebumps.
She remembered her friend Michael Ludwig who passed away after fourth grade and would have been a member of the graduating class. She called him "determined and optimistic" and said he always smiled. She also remembered Paulie Jimenez, a student at Greenacres Elementary School who died this year and said that the Class of 2016 would donate the balance of their funds to the Ludwig Foundation and Paulie Strong. She encouraged her classmates to highlight the good times they had together, and to never apologize for who they are. She ended with a serenade from High School Musical, singing "We're all ready for the start of something new!"
Principal Ken Bonamo told the class that he also started his tenure at Scarsdale High School four years ago too. He reminded the students that it's easy to see tragedy and say "not my problem," but urged them to take on big challenges and to respond to hate with love. He told the students, "You are out best hope." He advised them to "study what you love and follow your heart," and wished the class a wonderful graduation.
With that, Superintendent Thomas Hagerman bid the class to "Go forth to grow in wisdom and to serve the common good, non sibi."
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Revised Proposal for the Library in the Works
- Category: Shout it Out
- Published on 28 June 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Proponents for a renovated and expanded library have been retooling their proposal and will present revised plans that will substantially reduce the required funding from the Village of Scarsdale. Library Board President Terri Simon and Library Director Elizabeth Bermel said they "listened carefully to feedback from the Village and comments from a report from the Scarsdale Forum." They "heard widespread enthusiasm for the design and growing understanding for doing this, but know that people are concerned about the cost. They are working on a response.
Simon said they had met with Dattner Architects to do some "value engineering" and find ways to economize while still realizing the programmatic achievements for the project. The two feel confident that with private funding they can deliver a project that does not "gut the plan."
Earlier this month the Municipal Services Committee of the Scarsdale Forum issued a report in support of a library renovation that asked for "economies and prioritization of design features," and a "fiscally tenable plan that would not present any imprudent risk to the Village and its taxpayers." They recommend the exploration of a range of design options and a cost-benefit analysis of each one. They note that Dattner's original report included a scaled back "Option B" offering a savings of $2 million. However, some of the elements that were eliminated were "intrinsic to programming and user needs and should not be considered expendable." They also stressed that project incorporate sustainable design, and that it be energy efficient and "healthful." The forum committee called for a third "hybrid" design choice. You can find the full report here:
Simon and Bermel said the committee is putting together a binder of materials to make available to the public that will include all source documents that were part of this decision making process along with an FAQ. They said they have "thoughtfully analyzed their decisions," and considered the forum's feedback. The binder will also include a sustainability analysis. Since this is a renovation, not a new building, it will not be LEED certified, but it will be "environmentally responsible."
In the meantime, an investigation of the subsurface is being conducted and an engineer is analyzing the building foundation so that there are no surprises during construction. They are also working on a study of traffic and parking.
Simon pointed out that time is of the essence, because construction and material costs continue to rise while the project is debated. Also, in order for the Library Board to meet its fundraising goal, they need the funding commitment from the Village.
They hope to present their revised plans to the Board of Trustees in the next few weeks.
STEP Celebrates DonTavius Holmes
- Category: People
- Published on 27 June 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
The STEP Board (Student Transfer Education Plan) celebrated a successful two years for DonTavius Holmes in Scarsdale at the home of Lisa Rodman on June 23, the eve of the Scarsdale High School Graduation. By all accounts, DonTavius had a positive experience in Scarsdale and enriched the lives of everyone who got to know him. He was hosted by the Klein family of Heathcote Road and enjoyed the friendship of their son Josh Klein who is also a member of the class of 2016. Host mom Bettina Klein said that DonTavius fit right into the family and that as parents, they demanded the same high standards from him that they expected from their own children. To learn more about the STEP program, click here.
DonTavius embraced all that Scarsdale had to offer – playing basketball and football and holding a job at the Scarsdale Congregational Church. When the basketball team travelled to Gainesville, Florida, Coach Scagnelli invited him to come along. DonTavius said his time here was a "great experience" and that his "many moms" on the STEP Board who supported him here. He thanked Dean Michael Gibbs, and teachers Robert Draper, Tom Maguire, Rashid Silvera, Stephen Mounkhall and Elise D'Ammora and all his friends in the Dale.
His mom Angelesa and sister Diamond came up to New York for the graduation and posed proudly for photos with DonTavius who will attend Oxford College in Atlanta in the fall.
Here is the toast given by STEP Co-Chair Nan Berke to DonTavius at the celebration:
DonTavius, it has been an incredible pleasure having you be a part of STEP these past two years. As I've said to you many times before, we are all so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. You had a lot of help along the way, so I want to start by acknowledging those who were key to your success:
Thank you to the Kleins for being a great host family. You taught DT so much, took good care of him and were incredibly generous with our time and in sharing your home with him. As someone who was in your shoes just a year ago, I know how bittersweet this experience must be for you. Although hosting is not for the feint of heart, I'm betting you got just as much from this experience as you put into it.
Thank you for taking the leap of faith and saying 'yes' to hosting a STEP student.
To Collegistics and Lisa and Lillian in particular, thank you for all you did for helping our young man get into the college of his dreams. During the thick of it, DT it seemed as if you might have perceived them as being a bit of an annoyance, pestering you to do a huge amount of work. But guess what? These women really know their stuff and got you to where you want to be.
The same can be said about Susan Groner who helped you with your scholarship applications. She is such a nice person, she just plugged away at getting DT money whether he was involved or not. We know you were watching DT, and see now that it takes a lot of patience and methodical grunt work to work through the college process and getting college funded. What you've learned from Lisa, Lillian and Susan will stand you in good stead throughout your life.
Julie and all the Stonbergs, thank you for being DT's home away from home away from home buddy family. You took him to Nashville to see Vanderbilt and to Florida to see an ocean. He clearly loves being with you all and made this experience much more comfortable for him.
A thank you to Dean Gibbs for being the awesome dean that you are and to SHS for generously agreeing to enroll DT and educate him so well. Thanks to the STEP Presidents, Valerie, Debra and myself here while DT was in Scarsdale and to the STEP Board for all you did for the Kleins and for DT, and finally, thanks to Angelesa and Diamond for sharing your son and brother with us.
DonTavius you have an irrepressible charm and a bigger than life personality. I believe this year's senior class has 384 students and my guess is close to 100% of the class knows or loves you to varying degrees. Younger kids are drawn to our Mufasa too.
You are just fun to be around. These past two years you've grown and matured immensely. You're willing to let the little things slide now. You follow through and work hard.
You are an athlete devoted to your teams and someone who bonded strongly with his coaches. Sports can teach you a lot about life, and I think you learned that very well.
You excelled academically while in Scarsdale. Could you have worked a bit harder at times? ...Maybe. Hopefully you have been saving the full throttle academic setting for college.
Several times you've said that life in Memphis is like a crab pot and everyone is trying desperately to crawl up the sides of the pot and get out. Well, DT, you are out of the pot. Wherever you go, who ever you become, we all have the greatest confidence you will be a huge success and do exciting things.