Burglar Arrested After Breaking into Homes in Fox Meadow and Edgemont
- Category: Today's News
- Published on 25 May 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
A brazen burglar broke into two homes on Sunday morning before he was pursued on foot and caught by a homeowner from Clubway in Edgemont. The suspect, who has been identified as Bryan Mitchell, a 20 year-old homeless man, was first found in a home in a home on Fox Meadow Road at 11:02 am. The resident of the home in Fox Meadow heard a noise in the sunroom and confronted Bryan who fled on foot. They called police who broadcast his description out to area police departments.
At the same time, Mitchell ran into a home on Clubway in Scarsdale where the homeowner found him hiding in a closet. Mitchell ran toward Hartsdale and the homeowner ran after him. Several pedestrians assisted him and the homeowner caught Bryan and held him until the police arrived. He was found holding several items from the house in Fox Meadow and the home on Clubway. The Scarsdale resident was brought in to identify him and some items from her home. He was arrested and charged with burglary in the second degree, which is a class C-Felony. No one was injured. He is currently being held pending arraignment. He will also be charged by the Scarsdale police.
Reducing Stress at Scarsdale High School
- Category: Around Town
- Published on 19 May 2015
- Written by Geoff Fitzgerald
According to the experts, there has never been a more stressful time to be a high school student. Faced with a demanding workload, time pressure from extra curricular activities and sports and the ever-present need to excel at everything they do, many students feel like there are just not enough hours in the day or night. A 2014 study by the American Psychological Association found that teens stress levels surpass those of adults and that teens' stress levels exceed what they believe to be healthy. As a result of stress, the 1,018 teens in the study reported feeling overwhelmed, depressed, sad and fatigued.
In order to address this issue, Scarsdale High School is studying sources of stress and what can be done to alleviate it. Their initial findings were the subject of a meeting of the SHS PTA on the morning of Thursday May 7th.
The school has begun by identifying itself as one of a teen's many sources of stress and has asked the faculty to study institutional practices, teacher practices and students perspectives on stress. Three groups, each with about 50 teachers, studied the stressors and presented their findings.
English teacher George Olivier identified the institutional practices of the school that cause stress. Based upon research that he and his group of teachers had done, and based on personal experiences that teachers had with other schools that their own children attend, they identified some practices that Scarsdale could improve. Mr. Olivier began by examining teen stress and why it is rapidly approaching, if not surpassing stress among adults. Unlike adults, teens don't have the same mechanisms to deal with stress, and sometimes suffer more than their parents. According to Olivier, one way to address the problem of stress would be to change the atmosphere in the high school. He said that Scarsdale is a competitive school, with a "business like" feel. Students may feel that rather than entering a school they are coming into an office complex. His group of teachers looked for small ways the school could change, reduce, or manage student stress. They recommended lengthening the lunch period, beginning the day later, implementing mandatory study periods and even mandating lighter or nonexistent homework on weekends and vacations. While at this point these are just ideas they are a good starting point.
Fellow English teachers Benjamin Sawyer and Rachel Warshowsky focused on what teachers can do to help students reduce or manage stress. They suggested that teachers make the classroom feel more like a community and recommended that teachers make an effort to relate to students and demonstrate that they "aren't just robots that disappear at the end of the day," as Warshowsky explained. In a humanized teaching environment with better student-teacher relations, students might feel less stress while doing their typical daily work. In order to improve relations, the teacher panel suggested that teachers attend students' sports and musical events and take an interest in their students' extracurricular activities.
The teachers examined the difference between stress reduction and stress management. Teachers believe that their students will face stress in the future, so that stress at school will help them develop good coping skills and stress management techniques. At the same time studies are showing that students have very high stress levels, and so the added stress put on them by teachers may actually be more of a hindrance than a help. Teachers are discussing how to teach stress management and determining whether this should be the subject of a new class or taught in every class. They felt that this deserved further inquiry as the school begins to fix the issue.
English teacher Seth Evans and Dean Oren Iosepovici presented the student's perspective on stress. Dean Iosipovici contended that this was the hardest topic, saying, "Our challenge as teachers and adults is to look at it the way students look at it." In order to meet this challenge, this group of teachers got students involved in the process early, having discussions and posing panel questions to student volunteers, to delve into the issue of what causes stress for the students, and how they react to and deal with that stress. The group found that some students were handling their stress using good techniques while others have a great deal of stress and lack the skills to deal with it.
As part of a group exercise, teachers attempted to return to their teenage selves and to experience stress as a teen would perceive it. Mr. Evans led the committee of teachers through a "memory chain," a technique to stimulate the recollection of past memories. He used the technique to "transport" the teachers back to their high school years, in order to better help them understand some of the typical teenage stress. According to Mr. Evans and Dean Iosepovici, the technique worked, and the teachers determined that the stress that they dealt with as teens was due to personal difficulties in their lives and seemed to be socially induced.
As a teen and a student at Scarsdale High School, I experience this stress firsthand. I juggle demands from many different sources, all at the same time. Though I want to do well at everything I do, I am forced to divide my time between studying and preparing for six classes, attending sports practice and participating in extracurricular activities. I also need to sleep in order to grow. I always feel as if I am sacrificing one activity for another and don't want to miss out on the fun of being in high school in order to meet all my obligations.
For most Scarsdale students the prospect of getting into college looms heavily over everything we do. We put pressure on ourselves to do our best, parents set goals that may not be attainable and each year we learn that it is harder and harder to get into the "right" school. That's why I was happy to learn that SHS is studying stress and looking for ways to make the school a happier, more productive learning environment.
Jump In: The Water is Warm
- Category: Neighborhood News
- Published on 27 May 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
The water is already a balmy 78 degrees at the Scarsdale Pool which opened on Memorial Day Weekend. The diving, main, intermediate and wading pools are all open. We found the complex in good shape – and people of all ages enjoying the water, the lawn and the snack bar.
From now until June 28th, here are their hours:
Weekdays: 11 am to 7 pm
Weekends: 9 am to 8 pm
There are many rate packages available for seniors, families and individuals who want to use the pool for the full season, on weekdays or for single visits. Check out the pricing and buy your pool pass here:
The staff is also offering classes and activities for swimmers of all ages and abilities. There's early morning swimming for adults, pool parties, swimming and diving lessons and participation on the Scarsdale swimming and diving teams. Check out opportunities here:
O'Neill's Snack Bar is serving up lunch, dinner and snacks. Enjoy burgers, pizza, sandwiches, wraps, custom made salads, smoothies, ice cream and more. The pool is a great venue for a family dinner outdoors.
Fireworks will be held on Wednesday night July 1st this year – so mark your calendar and find all pool events here.
Hoff-Barthelson Music School Students "All That Jazz" Free Performance June 7
- Category: Arts and Entertainment
- Published on 26 May 2015
- Written by Geoff Fitzgerald
The Hoff-Barthelson Music School will present its jazz department students in a performance of original and jazz standards in Scarsdale's Chase Park on Sunday, June 7 at 5 pm. Broadway's Next to Normal composers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have written an original composition that the band will play.
The program is entitled All That Jazz and will feature several of the Music School's smokin' student jazz ensembles. The ensembles will perform a delightful cross-section of American jazz standards as well as pieces composed and arranged by the students and faculty. The students will be joined by jazz faculty members in a variety of jazz combos.
On the June 7 program will be a performance of the fourth annual premiere of a jazz composition written specifically for the School's Advanced Jazz Ensemble. Pulitzer Prize and Tony winners for their Broadway hit Next to Normal Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have written a piece for soprano and jazz ensemble titled I Call That Home. Kitt and Yorkey were represented on Broadway this season by the Idina Menzel star vehicle If/Then, which was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for Best Score. The team is currently at work on a musical version of the movie Freaky Friday.
Previous commissions for the HBMS jazz department featured compositions by international jazz greats pianist Ted Rosenthal and baritone horn player Gary Smulyan and New York Philharmonic bassist David Grossman.
Hoff-Barthelson's Jazz Studies Program is under the direction of jazz saxophonist Ed Palermo, a well-known performer and recording artist in the jazz world. The jazz faculty includes several of the most distinguished jazz artists in the New York area, who teach jazz lessons, composition, improvisation and musicianship and coach a range of ensembles geared to all levels of the more than sixty students who study jazz at the Music School. Students perform several times throughout the year on student recitals and during the School's Music Festivals.
One of Westchester County's most cherished and active cultural resources, the Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach since 1944.
Note: In case of inclement weather the concert will be held at the Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY, 10583.
The Chinese Community is at Home in Scarsdale
- Category: People
- Published on 18 May 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Judging from the number of new faces in the schools and around town, it appears that the Chinese population is on the rise in Scarsdale. According to the 2010 census, about 5.9% of the total population is of Chinese origin and the numbers seem to be growing each year.
From the information provided by the Scarsdale Chinese Association (SCA), the majority of these new residents came to the States as college or graduate school students many years ago. Upon graduation, they started working in various companies and eventually settled down in the US. Many have lived here for more than a decade and are naturalized U.S. citizens. They are professors, finance whizzes, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and professionals from all walks of life. Job opportunities brought them to the New York area, and when it was time to raise their families, they came to Scarsdale for the same reasons that many young parents choose to relocate here: easy commute, nationally renowned schools and the close proximity to the city. There is access to the rich cultural life in Manhattan and its an easy trip to Chinatowns in Manhattan, Flushing Queens, and 8th Ave Brooklyn.
We spoke with several members of the Scarsdale Chinese Association including Claire He, Rita Pan, Vivian Lin, Sharine Chen, Laura Liu and Julie Zhu. They all have children in the school system, ranging from elementary to high school. On average they have lived in Scarsdale for five years. They are actively involved in the community working on the PTAs, SBNC, multicultural committees and the Boy Scouts and are passionate about issues surrounding the curriculum and STEM projects.
Scarsdale Chinese Association (SCA) chair Claire He commented, "The SCA members love Scarsdale as our adopted home, and are making every effort to contribute to the schools and community."
Vivian Lin added, "In addition to the excellent school systems, Scarsdale is a well-established community that shares our values including a focus on education and family. With the open atmosphere here in Scarsdale, Chinese Americans have opportunities to contribute and to have their voices heard."
While most of the Chinese families are professionals who moved here in the past ten years, there are also long-time residents with grown or college-age children. They are the "pioneers" and share their local knowledge with their younger neighbors. Occasionally, some families move here directly from China. As a new economic powerhouse, China has produced many successful business owners and professionals who want to seek new opportunities for themselves and their children. There are similar trends in top school districts in California and Boston area as well.
Since the children of the mothers we interviewed were born in the U.S., the kids are American citizens who speak fluent English. In order for the children to learn their native tongue, many attend weekend Chinese schools just like some local kids go to the Hebrew school. At the weekend school they practice language and also learn about Chinese culture. The largest Chinese School in the area conducts lessons every Sunday morning at the White Plains High School. It is a well-organized volunteer-run organization that serves more than 600 students --and many Scarsdale moms are actively involved in its operations.
Mandarin is now taught as a language course at Scarsdale High School and some parents are advocating for it to be added to the Middle School curriculum as well. Superintendent Thomas Hagerman said that the administration will consider the pros and cons of adding Mandarin to the Middle School curriculum.
Some Chinese families include grandparents who live with their children and grandchildren, and can often be seen bringing the children to school. The tradition comes from the Asian cultures, where seniors are highly respected and multi-generational families are common. While adult children bear responsibility for taking care of their elderly parents, Chinese grandparents, many who are highly educated, contribute by taking care of their grandchildren. The Scarsdale Senior Club is popular with the older set and meets at the Scarsdale Library. Chinese seniors can network, celebrate holidays and enjoy each other's company at these meetings.
Where does the community shop to find authentic Asian ingredients? H Mart in Hartsdale and Kam Sam in White Plains are among the most popular Asian grocery stores here. Residents also travel to Flushing, Queens to shop. Local Asian fusion restaurants are also patronized by the Chinese community.
Given the large number of young Chinese professionals working in the New York metro area and their focus on educating their children, the women we spoke to believe that the Chinese population will continue to grow in Scarsdale. One SCA member said, "As long as Scarsdale's school district (amid ongoing and unprecedented pressure from the state) continues to strive for excellence, maintains its independence and global outlook, there is no reason why Scarsdale won't continue to attract like-minded families."
Promposals Round Two
- Category: Arts and Entertainment
- Published on 18 May 2015
- Written by Isabel Klein
With the Scarsdale Prom coming up on Thursday June 4, more seniors are "promposing" to their potential dates than ever. Check out Round Two of Scarsdale's Promposals. The community is invited to the Pre-Prom Red Carpet reception at Scarsdale High School on Thursday June 4, at 4:00pm. The seniors will be out in their tuxedos and gowns before the bus takes them to the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle for the big night.