Hawk Down on Post Road and more from the Scarsdale Police
- Category: Today's News
- Published on 26 August 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Hawk hit on the Post Road: On the morning of 8/20 a caller reported that a car hit a hawk on the Post Road. Police found the injured hawk on the side of the road. They called the Weinberg Nature Center who told them to call Vincent Guanari to take the hawk to an exotic animal specialist.
On August 22 a Stratton Road woman complained that her neighbors were harassing her about construction work being done on her property. She said her neighbors have used fowl language around her children. Police spoke to the neighbors who said that the complainant also uses harsh language. Though they understand that the work needed to be done they asked that the construction people follow the rules and act courteously. Police advised both to try to avoid one another.
On Secor Road a man complained about excessive construction noise at his neighbors house at 8:49 am on Saturday 8/23. Police found a man operating a backhoe and told him to leave the area as he was not permitted to use it at that time.
Feud: A Lyons Road woman called police when her neighbor was watering her lawn and spraying water onto her property. She said she was unable to get into and out of her car without getting wet. Police corrected the situation.
Riding on the track: Police received a call at 10:30 pm on Sunday night about two kids riding their bikes on the high school track. The caller said the riders had no regard for the people walking the track. Police found the kids and asked them not to ride on the track.
Abandoned Home: A neighbor called police on August 22 when he noticed that a man and a 12 year-old child were mowing the lawn at 2 River Road. The house is condemned has been vacant for two years. Police spoke to the man mowing the lawn who explained that the bank plans to put the house on the market and hired him to mow the lawn.
Stray Dog: A woman found a stray dog wandering on Secor Road at 2:51 pm on August 23. She got out of the car and the dog led her to a home at 173 Secor Road where the door was open and the dog went inside. However no one was home. Police contacted a realtor whose name was on a sign at the house but she had not shown the house and did not know why it was open. The agent contacted the homeowner who returned home and confirmed that the dog was hers and said she was not sure if she had left the house open.
Grand Larceny: A Mamaroneck road woman reported that multiple fraudulent checks, valued at more than $1,000, were cashed against her business account. She received a call from a branch of Bank of America on 107th Street and Broadway where a woman with a Florida driver's license was attempting to cash a check written against her account. The teller grew suspicious and did not cash the check. However, the woman was successful at cashing two additional checks.
The Branch Manager at Bank of America on Wilmot Road called police on the afternoon of 8/19 when a man repeatedly asked that all the funds be withdrawn from his wife's account. The account was on hold and no funds could be withdrawn and the man did not have identification to show that he was the husband of the account holder.
A Brewster Road woman reported that someone filed a tax return in her name on August 18th. The IRS informed her that they had received a joint return from 2013 in her and her husband's name and that it was incomplete. Her accountant contact the IRS and found that her husband's name and social security number had been used to file a fraudulent return. She was advised to report it to the police.
Another Brewster Road resident also reported that a 2013 tax return had been filed using his personal information. The returns were missing information and the IRS wrote to him. When they learned these were fraudulent returns, the IRS sent them to their fraud department.
On 8/20 an Old Orchard Lane man told police that the IRS contacted him and said that someone had attempted to submit a joint tax return for 2013 using his personal information. The man contacted the IRS and advised them it was fraudulent.
A Taunton Road man called police on the afternoon of 8/19 to report that someone had opened a credit card in his daughter's name.
Police received a call from Saxon Woods Golf Club on the afternoon of August 18th to say that a driver overturned in a golf cart. The golfer was taken to White Plains Hospital.
The driver of a rental truck called police on the afternoon of 8/19 when a child rode her bike into the truck and scratched the left bumper. Police went to Rodney Road and met the driver and the girl's parents who agreed to work it out.
The driver of a 2014 BMW said she was rear ended by a black Mercedes truck on the Post Road at 1:38 pm on 8/29. After hitting her car at the intersection of Crane and Post Roads, the truck driver fled. She attempted to follow the truck but lost sight of it.
Jose Lopez of Lexington Avenue in White Plains was driving his 2001 Volvo south on Greenacres Avenue at 4 pm on Sunday 8/24 when sun glare caused him to veer to the right and hit the island at the intersection of Greenacres Avenue and Berkeley Road and hit two stop/yield signs. Lopez refused medical attention.
At 8:20 pm on 8/19 a caller told police that someone had driven a car onto the basketball court at Greenacres Field and parked it there. By the time police arrived, the car was gone.
Paint: White paint spilled on Carman Road on the afternoon of August 19th. Police did not know where the paint came from.
Sign: Police found a sign advertising Woodraska Roofing Company on the Post Road on 8/22. They took the sign down and issued a summons for posting a sign to the company.
Khalid Mughal of 26 of Scarsdale surrendered to police in response to an active bench warrant for various driving violations at 7:55 am on 8/23. He was released on $250 cash bail and given a court date of 8/27/14.
Mark Grinhaus, age 25 of Scarsdale was stopped by police on Weaver Street on the morning of 8/23 for driving a car with a suspended registration due to a lapse in insurance. The plates were removed from the car and it was parked in Grinhaus' driveway.
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Scarsdale10583 Back to School Guide 2014
- Category: Parenting
- Published on 26 August 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Whether you've got a toddler, a pre-teen or a college applicant in your house, now is the time to consider programs that will build skills, develop artistic, musical and athletic talents and enrich academic lives. The area is blessed with wonderful program opportunities for kids of all ages. Here are just a few of the quality programs in Westchester for your consideration:
Dance and Music:
Steffi Nossen School of Dance located in the nearby Music Conservatory of Westchester building offers classes for dancers ages 3 – adults in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Moving Wheels & Heels for dancers with special needs. New this year are Tiny Dancers: classes for 12 – 36 months and caregiver, Adult classes for beginners and for experienced dancers, Contemporary Dance, and Improvisation/Composition. We have lots of performing opportunities for all ages and levels and most classes have live music accompaniment. Please visit us at www.steffinossen.org or 914-328-1900 for complete information.
Over the Moon Music and More: Did you know that all children are musical? Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability? And did you know that there's a storefront location where you and your child can play musically together, right here in Scarsdale? Over the Moon Music and More offers Music Together®, the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program, in a beautiful and comfortable space at 78 Garth Road, as well as in 5 other convenient locations in Westchester, including a new storefront in Pleasantville. Our classes--for children from birth through kindergarten age accompanied by an adult caregiver--are research based, experiential, and not performance oriented, but most of all, they're fun! Free demo classes are available. And we also offer our own Uke U., a mommy-and-me ukulele program for 3- to 6-year-old children and their caregivers. For class and demo class schedules, please visit www.overthemoonmusicandmore.com or call 914-722-2025.
Preschools and Religious Schools:
Kids' B.A.S.E. and The Little School continues to be an invaluable resource for the families of Scarsdale. This not-for-profit community organization encompasses two programs: Kids' B.A.S.E., which provides quality before and after school programming for youngsters in Kindergarten through fifth grade, and The Little School, a pre-school program for three and four year-olds, with the addition of a new toddler class offering morning and afternoon sessions. At Kids' B.A.S.E. a variety of enrichment programs are offered at different times throughout the year: tennis, golf, hip hop, Mad Science, Private Picassos, Animal Adventures, Kids R Cooking, Chess Chums and Legos with Block Stars. The Little School also offers enrichments at different times throughout the year: Kids R Cooking, Broadway Stars with Applause, Clay Works and Art with Private Picassos. . The Little School provides a high quality full day or half day preschool experience, and is accredited by NAEYC. In addition to our developmentally appropriate program led by highly qualified Head Teachers and Teaching Assistants, we offer weekly music, gym and creative movement classes, as well as monthly "Nature of Things" animal programs. Applications are available for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information or to request an application, please call 472 – 5409 or visit their website at www.kbls.org.
Congregation Kol Ami: The Early Childhood Program at Kol Ami is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate curriculum teaching and modeling Jewish values. We believe that children learn best through experiential play and provide for these rich experiences within warm, accepting, and nurturing surroundings. All of our Head Teachers have Masters Degrees in Early Childhood or related educational fields. We offer a wide range of programs for children (from 2 months to 5 years old) and their families. Our A Step Ahead! program for Fall 5 year olds provides full day pre-K learning until 4 pm. For more information, contact: Nan Blank, Early Childhood Program Director at email@example.com or call her 914-949-4717 x107
Shaarei Tikvah: If you are looking for a warm, creative environment where you and your children can all grow Jewishly, come to Shaarei Tikvah's Anna and Louis Shereff Religious School. Our weekday only, K-7 program provides a strong foundation in Hebrew language and prayer, with hands-on, experiential learning and innovative, 21st century programs that highlight Jewish values, holidays, Shabbat and Israel. Plus, families with their oldest child in pre-school are invited to attend High Holidays at Shaarei Tikvah free of charge. There will be warm and nurturing children's services on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. Telephone: 472-2013, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.shaareitikvah.org
College Application Services:
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The JCC Academic Center offers a series of classes, lectures and workshops designed to help students through the entire college application process. The Center's fall schedule includes a wide array of programs including College Interview Essentials, a workshop to teach students critical interview skills to help them in both the college interview process and beyond; College Application Essay Writing workshop which focuses on writing the personal essay for college admissions, exploring what makes each student unique and working to craft a narrative to best portray one's self in college application essays; PSAT Boot Camp, which teaches students how to attack the test's critical reading, math and writing skills sections; ACT and SAT Diagnostic Tests to help students determine which test is best for them, a Common App/Activities Resume Workshop; SAT and ACT Prep classes; a lecture, Organizing and Time Management for Academic Success, Stress Management Workshops, Speed Reading and more. The very popular Inside the Admissions Office program, featuring a panel discussion among deans and directors of admissions from a variety of colleges and universities, will take place on Monday, October 6, 7:30-9:00pm.
For dates, fees and other information click here, or contact Lisa Itzkowitz, Director, JCC Academic Center at 914-472-3300, ext. 275; email@example.com. Pre-registration is required for all Academic Center lectures and workshops. Let us know that you read about the JCC Academic Center on Scarsdale10583.com and receive 10% off any Fall 2014 JCC Academic Center program.
Backyard Sports Prep Basketball is now accepting registrations for all 3rd-9th graders to participate in our Fall Basketball League. The program takes place at Purchase College on Sundays. For more information go to: www.byardsports.com or call Danny Bernstein at 914-304-4052.
Tae Kwon Do: Grandmaster Bruce and Master Susan Chung have been teaching Tae Kwon Do for 21 years. Children have loads of fun in their supercharged classes designed to build strength, stamina, coordination, and flexibility. Parents are thrilled to see their children gain confidence, self-esteem, and focus. Their Gym-Mini Kick-it Program offers Mommy and Me classes for 1-3 year olds and Open Gym for 1 to 5 year olds. They also offer Adult Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Programs. Call anytime for a free trial class or to sign up for fall classes. Bruce Chung's Tae Kwon Do, 250 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528, 914-835-0665 www.brucechung.com.
Chelsea Piers Connecticut: Our 400,000 sq.-ft. cutting-edge sports complex provides world-class facilities, expert instruction and the most exciting sports curriculum available – all under one roof. Sports facilities include: two ice rinks, an Olympic-sized pool, a Splash Zone water park, 12 squash courts, 7 tennis courts, baseball/softball and gymnastics training centers, a Field House with a 100-yard indoor turf field for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, Aacer Maplewood basketball and volleyball courts, a preschool and child care center, a pro shop, a cafe and a restaurant.
Fall programs include a wide range of sports classes for children ages 4 months to 18 years, Chelsea Piers Athletic Club competitive teams and Adult Leagues in basketball, ice hockey, soccer and volleyball. Memberships are available for families, single adults and youth, and members will soon have access to a 65,000 sq.-ft. state-of-the-art fitness center and clubhouse, scheduled to open late fall of 2014. Chelsea Piers Connecticut also offers a wide range of birthday party options, including Splash Zone and Adventure Center (Trampoline & Rock Climbing) parties. Chelsea Piers is also a popular spot for sports-themed Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Contact Chelsea Piers by phone at 203.989.1000, email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chelseapiersct.com.
Education at the JCC of Mid-Westchester: Feeding the Minds and Bodies. Pre-school learners all benefit from the full service nursery schools, fitness and sports facilities and professional teaching staff throughout the JCC .... a year round indoor pool, fitness programs, arts programs and Special needs programs. The JCC's Summer Art Center (SAC), a one of a kind program that provides a non-competitive, nurturing and flexible environment for all children with a passion for the Arts, continues throughout the year! Classes are all taught by professional artists and teachers and offers high quality instruction in Fine Arts, Dance, Theatre and Music. This year we have added a brand new dance studio for our ever-popular Dance programs. The Dance School provides extensive programs for pre-schoolers, teens, and adults. Theatre School teaches Musical Theatre performance. Contact Julie Dorfman at the JCC for a tour: email@example.com or 914-472-3300 or visit the web at www.jccmw.org.
LIFE The Place To Be, Westchester's ultimate party destination. 29,000 square feet of fun and excitement, featuring Arcade/Video games, Rock climbing, Laser Tag, Mini Bowling, Huge Soft Play Structure and more! LIFE's Birthday Party Packages are all inclusive. Make LIFE simple, Let LIFE do it all! www.lifetheplacetobe.com.
Clay Art Center at 40 Beech Street in Port Chester offers weekly youth and teen classes after school and on the weekend at home in Port Chester and in their White Plains Satellite classroom in partnership with ArtsWestchester. Adult and family classes are also available including Friday night Cladies Nights, Mommy & Me and Saturday Drop-in Clay Classes. Participants have fun and get their hand dirty. www.clayartcenter.org
Digital Arts Experience: The Digital Arts Experience, located at 170 Hamilton Avenue in White Plains, is launching a number of new and exciting classes, while bringing back all of the popular programs from last year. Classes are available for ages 6 and up and include Lego Robotics, 2D & 3D animation, 3D Printing, Computer Programming for all ages and skill levels, Digital Music Classes, and much, much more. The DAE is also launching our exciting new mobile computer lab, which will bring 99% of the classes offered at The DAE to you! Programs run after school, Monday through Friday starting at 4:00 PM and on Saturdays all day. For more information visit thedae.com.
Jacob Burns Film Center: This fall, the JBFC Theater is screening two family films: Patema Inverted on Sept. 13, 14, 20, 21 and Disney's Bears on Oct. 5. At the Media Arts Lab, the JBFC is offering courses and weekend workshops for students of all ages. There is also a free Media Maker Festival for all ages at the Media Arts Lab on Sat. Oct 25 from 10am-1pm. Experience hands-on projects from stop-motion animation and light-painting to iPhone photography lessons and a visual scavenger hunt challenge. For more information visit burnsfilmcenter.org or call 914.773.7663. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, 10570, Media Arts Lab, 405 Manville Road, Pleasantville, 10570.
Scarsdale's Noah Li: The Youngest Conductor at the Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute
- Category: People
- Published on 26 August 2014
- Written by Katharina Horn
Twelve conductors selected for the Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute traveled to the State University of New York at Buffalo from August 17th to 22nd in order to broaden their musical knowledge with the guidance of Rosenbaum, the 2014 recipient of the Ditson Conductor's Award. The conductors range from 19-year-old undergraduates to 61-year-old music teachers ... except for Noah Li, a 17-year-old student at Scarsdale High School who composes, sings, plays the piano, and plays the drums for his rock band in addition to conducting.
"The Choral Conducting Institute was awesome," said Li. "The fact that people ranging from 19 to 61 years old are still trying to improve taught me that music-making is about striving for perfection. And seeing the different ways that people interpret a piece of music has shown me how there is a never-ending possibility for fun." Conducting is very rewarding for Li. As he points out, "[Conductors] get to take pride in the sound they hear. With every move they make, they are crafting sound."
Li enjoys "crafting" the sound of the Westchester Chinese Christian Church's youth choir. And in some cases, he has had the added enjoyment of conducting his own compositions, such as an original piece titled Prelude and Amen, an arrangement of a song titled All in All, and an arrangement of Amazing Grace.
Composing music is an emotional and personal process. "When I hear something I have written in the past, it's kind of like I'm looking at an old photo album of myself. But instead of seeing how I looked at the time, I'm getting a little flashback of how I felt," explained Li.
His arrangement of Amazing Grace might be the most powerful piece he has ever conducted. When someone at his church passed away, the choir planned to sing the somewhat drab version of Amazing Grace from the church's hymnal. "I figured that if they were going to sing Amazing Grace, then I should write them a better version of it," he admitted. Thus, Li changed the meter, incorporated a line from a catchy French folk song, and worked in a grand piano line that accompanies the singers in the second half of the piece. "That was a really great performance because we [Li and the choir] were doing it for someone," said Li.
Li not only conducts and composes, but he also sings and plays the piano and drums. Indeed, the Harold Rosenbaum Conducting Institute is not the only organization in which Li is the youngest; he is also the youngest in the Canticum Novum Singers, a chamber choir in NYC which has prepared over 600 singers, (who are normally 25 to 50 years old), for becoming professionals.
Conducting, composing, and singing would be enough for most people, but Li's musical career would simply be incomplete without the existence of an alternative rock band. He founded the band in order to utilize the talent at his church and perform Christian alternative rock songs for his congregation every week. When he realized that none of the numerous musicians at his church could play the drums, he bought himself a set of drums and practiced by playing rock band on Youtube. Other than the unfortunate case when one of his drumsticks flew out of his hand during a performance, (forcing him to retrieve it in the middle of a song), the rock band has been a complete success. "In the old days you would have a piano or an organ and you would play a hymn and people would sing along. Nowadays it's the same thing ... but with a rock band!" said Li.
Whether he is conducting or playing instruments for an audience, Li finds that performing erases the stresses of life. "When I'm in the spotlight I forget I'm there. I have one goal; my mind becomes sharpened into one purpose," said Li. "For that brief few minutes or however long the performance is - whether I'm conducting my choir or playing the piano - I'm able to forget about everything else, and just focus on making music."
AnnualBook Sale Begins September Fifth at Scarsdale Library
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 27 August 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Westchester County's premier book sale will begin on Friday, September 5th from 7 to 9 pm at a "Friends" Preview. New members may join at the door that evening for $25. The sale will run until Sunday, September 14th. New books are added to the sale daily.
The Friends of the Scarsdale Library annual blockbuster book sale boasts more than 60,000 almost-new and out-of-print books, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, fiction, parenting, cooking, art, history, humor, self-help, drama, religion, business and poetry. There is also a large selection of books for children, as well as DVDs, CDs, audio books, and sheet music. Proceeds from the sale help the library provide exciting programs and key services. Exact dates and times follow:
Friday 9/5 7 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 9/6 9 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 9/7 10 am – 4:30 pm
Monday 9/8 11 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9/9 11 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9/10 11 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 9/11 11 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 9/12 10 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday 9/13 9:30am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 9/14 9 am – 4:00 pm
The Scarsdale Public Library is located at 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY, 10583. Phone: (914) 722-1300. Website: www.scarsdalelibrary.org/friends.