Police catch suspect after homeowner interrupts Fox Meadow Road burglary
- Category: Today's News
- Published on 28 May 2015
- Written by Traci Dutton Ludwig
On Sunday, May 24, at approximately 11:02 a.m., a Fox Meadow Road resident called Scarsdale police to advise of a burglary in progress at her residence. She said she heard the outside door to her attached sunroom creaking, followed by rustling noises in the sunroom. When she checked on the noises, she first saw a person's shadow through her sheer curtains and shouted "Who's there?" She then saw a male perpetrator who immediately fled on foot. He headed north on Fox Meadow Road toward the Hartsdale train station. Scarsdale patrol units responded to the area within 2 minutes and broadcast a description of the suspect to area police departments. The suspect was described as a thin, dark-skinned man, approximately 6 feet tall, with full hair, wearing khaki shorts, a dark colored shirt and sneakers.
An initial investigation of the Fox Meadow Road house revealed that several exterior storm doors, which are normally closed, had been opened, and a blue tarp that usually leans against one of the doors had been moved. Because interior doors to the house remained locked, it is believed that the suspect only entered the sunroom and the garage. In the garage, a bag of tools was found open, and tools were scattered about. Some tools appeared to be missing, and an unfamiliar screwdriver – old and slightly bent – was lying with the homeowner's tools on the floor. Police noted fresh footprints in the yard.
Several minutes later the Greenburgh Police Department advised that they were detaining a suspect – Bryan Elroy Mitchell, 20 – just over the line in Hartsdale. According to police records, Mitchell has been identified as homeless. According to police, Mitchell had just completed a burglary of a residence in Greenburgh, when the homeowner found him in a closet. When Mitchell ran, the homeowner chased after him on East Hartsdale Avenue. Several pedestrians joined the chase. The civilians caught Mitchell and held him until Greenburgh police arrived. While searching Mitchell, Greenburgh police found a bag containing a large amount of jewelry and a screwdriver.
The homeowner of the Fox Meadow Road house identified the suspect as the same man she saw in her sunroom. She also identified the screwdriver as belonging to her, and police confirmed a screwdriver was missing from the tool set in her garage.
Mitchell was first arrested by the Greenburgh Police Department for the burglary in Greenburgh. Criminal charges of third-degree burglary (illegal entry with intent to commit a crime) and petit larceny were lodged by the Scarsdale Police Department for the Scarsdale burglary. Mitchell was remanded to Westchester County Jail, as police continue their investigation into his possible involvement with other area burglaries.
On May 23, a Drake Road woman reported three azalea bushes, worth $150, were ripped out of landscaping beds near the end of her driveway. The woman said she last saw the bushes in place on May 21. Due to the "clean" appearance of the holes left behind, the woman did not believe an animal dug up the bushes.
On May 25, a Bradford Road woman reported a gold ring with a green stone was stolen from the top of the dresser in her bedroom sometime between May 21 and 22. The woman said she regularly employs a housekeeper and a home health aide, and recently, a stair left technician had also been in the house. Police started to follow up, but the woman said she wanted to file the report for documentation purposes only.
On May 25, an Evan Court tenant reported a broken sliding glass door at her rental townhouse. The tenant explained she and her daughter were home on May 22, and they heard the sound of shattering glass around 11:30 p.m. that night. However, they did not investigate the noise further. On May 25, the tenant noticed the exterior pane of the double-paned sliding glass door was broken. Police examined the door and did not find any pry marks or signs of attempted criminal entry. Nor did they find any large rocks nearby. Police advised the tenant and landlord of the benefits of using a home security system for protection.
A Post Road man received approximately nine unwanted calls from May 21 to May 22. An unknown caller told the man he had won two million dollars and requested personal information to process the win. The man told the caller he was not interested; however the caller kept calling back. Police advised the man to inform them if the calls continued.
A 93-year-old Fox Meadow Road woman tripped on a damaged section of bluestone sidewalk on Harwood Court May 21. She scraped both knees, but she refused medical treatment. Police placed an orange safety cone over the damaged area of the sidewalk and notified the highway department.
On May 18, a Circle Road resident received an unexpected package and was nervous about opening it. Police helped the resident determine the sender of the package by using address information. The package contained a golden-colored egg filled with confetti and a request to participate in a family event.
An anonymous Good Samaritan found a FedEx package on Post Road and brought it to headquarters May 22. The package was addressed to a Summerfield Road address. Police attempted to contact the intended recipient, but they were not immediately successful.
On May 21, a Mamaroneck Road man reported people sometimes throw garbage into his dumpster of recyclables, and then the sanitation department does not pick up the recyclables. Police advised the man to contact the sanitation department for a possible solution.
On May 22, a custodian from Greenacres School called police about four skateboarding boys who were attempting to remove wood from a school dumpster. When the custodian told them to leave the dumpster alone, the boys allegedly became disrespectful. Police advised the boys to not remove anything from school dumpsters, to not disrupt school property, and to not leave any debris on school grounds. Police told the boys to follow the custodian's instructions because the custodian is in charge of school property.
A Christie Place man told police his car had been stolen May 22. Shortly thereafter, the man learned his wife had moved his car without telling him. He found his car, and all was in good order.
A Morris Lane resident reported "noises outside" her house around 1 a.m., May 25. Police investigated the area and found nothing unusual. However, as noted in the police log, "a sprinkler system was on and changing zones at this time."
Someone rang a Penn Boulevard resident's doorbell at 2 a.m., May 25. Police canvassed the area and found nothing unusual. But they increased patrols of the area.
A cab driver dropped a woman off at the corner of Popham and Chase roads at 11 a.m., May 25, and did not get paid. The woman said she did not have any money to pay the fare. She told the driver she would get money from her Spencer Place workplace and return to pay him. When she did not return, the driver called police. Patrol went to the woman's workplace and spoke with her. She said she got money, came outside to pay the driver but was unable to find him. She alleged he "wasn't in the same spot." She paid the driver, and the driver left.
A Nelson Road man brought a semi-automatic rifle to headquarter for destruction May 19.
On May 19, police checked the welfare of a Hampton Road woman after receiving a call from the woman's concerned daughter. The woman said she would contact her daughter.
Cars and roadways, wires
On May 18, an Old Lyme Road resident called police about low hanging telephone wires on the street. The wires were so low that they were putting pressure on part of the resident's roof and causing it to sag. Police advised the resident to contact Verizon.
On May 20, police issued verbal warnings to drivers of illegally parked cars on Fayette Road.
On May 20, police put yellow tape and safety cones around a Con Edison road plate on Harvest Drive.
Police issued a summons to a driver who used Village Hall parking lot as a cut-though May 22. The driver entered the parking lot, did not stop to conduct any business and proceeded through the lot. The summons was issued for "disobeying a traffic control device" because the driver did not follow the instructions communicated by a "No Thru Traffic" sign.
On May 22, a 17-year-old Split Tree Road girl, who was driving a 2014 Mercedes Benz, did not properly yield to a police car on Post Road. Two patrol officers initiated a traffic stop. The car's registration was shown to have been suspended on Jan.23, due to "insurance not in effect." Police removed the plates from the car, issued the girl a summons, and had the car towed to the girl's house.
On May 22, while conducting routine traffic patrol, a license plate reader detected a car with a suspended registration travelling south on Post Road. The registration had been suspended on April 11 for "insurance lapse." Police stopped the car – a 1999 Lexus, driven by an 86-year-old Rye woman. Further investigation revealed the woman's license was also suspended because of "insurance lapse." Police escorted the woman to her daughter-in-law's house on Wayside Lane and advised the daughter-in-law of the situation. Police removed the license plates from the car and issued the woman a summons. They also provided the daughter-in-law with contact information for the SPD older adult advocate.
Police issued a summons to the owner of a parked car that was partially blocking an Autenreith Road driveway May 22.
Police helped the driver of a disabled car arrange for a tow from Popham Road May 22.
Police directed traffic on Post Road while highway workers removed a fallen tree May 22.
Police notified the highway department about a fallen tree branch obstructing Tory Lane May 23. As a precaution, police placed cones and tape around the branch.
Fourteen car accidents were reported in the village this week. One involved a dog being struck on Oxford Road May 21.
A Cooper Road resident heard "weird animal screaming" outside around 11:45 p.m., May 20. Police investigated the area and saw two coyotes in a Cooper Road backyard. The animals ran off toward Murray Hill Road.
A Forest Lane dog was loose on Eastwoods Lane May 25. Police issued the owner a warning. The owner said an electric fence was being installed later in the week.
On May 18, police removed illegally posted signs from utility poles on Heathcote and Mamaroneck roads. Police issued summons to the people responsible for posting the signs.
On May 20, police advised a solicitor on Nelson Road about village code concerning permissible hours for soliciting. The solicitor assured police he and his team would abide by village code.
A Ridgecrest East resident complained about loud music coming from a Tompkins Road party at 11:50 p.m., May 23. Police told the host about the complaint, and the music was promptly turned off.
At 7:15 p.m., May 25, a Duck Pond Road resident reported people were making noise outside his house. Police dispersed a woman and her friend who were sitting on a bench near Duck Pond and talking.
Lost and found
A license plate fell off of a delivery truck owned by Zachys Wine and Liquor Store May 21. The store manager reported it for the purpose of requesting a replacement plate.
Con Edison was informed about a slight gas odor in a Boulevard house May 19.
Water was leaking inside a Horseguard Lane house, and the homeowner asked firefighters to turn off valves to isolate the leak. This was not successful; so firefighters called the water department to turn off the water supply from the street May 19.
Firefighters stood by a disabled vehicle at Popham and Autenreith roads until police arrived May 20.
A Palmer Avenue stove was not lighting properly May 20. Firefighters confirmed gas was not leaking from the stove. Firefighters advised the homeowner to contact an appliance repairperson.
Firefighters used a 6-foot hook to retrieve keys from a storm drain in the parking area of Boniface Circle and Spencer Place May 20.
On May 21, firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of a dislodged natural gas curb box valve on Fox Meadow Road. The valve became dislodged by a contractor's front-end loader.
A Cooper Road homeowner reported a sulfur smell inside the house May 24. Firefighters found a battery charger on a car overheating in the garage. The battery was overcharging and off-gassing. Firefighters removed the battery charger from the garage and advised the homeowner to leave doors and windows open for ventilation.
Firefighters shut the water supply to a Brewster Road house to stop a leaking pipe May 24.
This week, firefighters assisted at one car accident in the village. They responded to one false carbon monoxide alarm and 21 false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, cooking smoke, construction dust, dust from a vacuum cleaner and burnt food in a microwave.
This report covering police and fire department activity from May 18 through May 25 was compiled from official information.
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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.
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.
Planning Board Recommends Changes to Village Code Regarding Gravel Surfaces
- Category: Shout it Out
- Published on 28 May 2015
- Written by Geoff Fitzgerald
The Scarsdale Planning Board considered proposed changes to the village code regarding gravel driveways and "impervious surfaces" as well as applications to divert a brook, merge two lots, make changes to the new condo building at 2-4 Weaver Street at their meeting on May 27th.
Gravel Surfaces and Lot Coverage:
The Planning Board considered new village code that would require gravel surfaces to be counted in the lot coverage calculation. There is currently a six month moratorium in place that requires gravel surfaces to be treated as impervious surfaces while the new code is studied. A consultant presented two drafts of a change to the village code. One change would update the use of the phrase "impervious surfaces", which at the moment does not include gravel to the allotment of ground coverage on a property. The other draft would remove the wording "impervious surfaces" from the code, and replace it with another term, which has yet to be determined. This change would also add gravel to the allotment of ground coverage allowed on a lot. The main difference between these two drafts is that the second draft would lead to "explanatory issues." In both cases, current homes that would be over the allotment of ground coverage due to the addition of gravel surfaces as impervious would be grandfathered, but any future changes to a property would count gravel surfaces as impervious.
Currently, code states that based on lot size, a homeowner has an allotment of ground coverage, some of which is designated to the house and any auxiliary buildings like a free standing garage. The balance of surfaces or structures that count in the ground coverage calculation could include a tennis court, a pool, patios, walkways, terraces, and of course, driveways. To create the proposed changes to Village code, the consultant reviewed properties with gravel driveways, currently about 10% of existing homes but 25% of future applications. The applications reviewed call for maximum allotment of ground coverage, which is why this is such a pertinent issue. The draft itself is a trivial matter, as either version will deem gravel to be an "impervious surface" or some complimentary term, into law. The Board made a recommendation to the Village consultant on the matter and appeared to favor the inclusion of gravel surfaces in lot coverage calculations.
This could have a far-reaching impact on future home development in Scarsdale, as including the gravel surface in the lot coverage calculation will limit the size of potential homes.
31 Paddington LLC:
The first item on the agenda was the creation of a culvert at 31 Paddington Road to divert the brook that currently runs through the property. The culvert would be 40 feet long and would be covered by grass. The Board, as well as residents in the area, had some concerns about the safety of the culvert, asking questions about the visibility into the culvert if children or other people climb in, and raising concerns about the flooding that routinely occurs on the property, and on adjacent properties. The Board asked if any safety measures could be taken to improve safety whereupon the idea of a "Trash Rack" on each end of the culvert was discussed. Again, concerns about safety arose, in the event that a person got through or under the trash rack at one end, and ended up inside the culvert. These concerns were also addressed, and the Board decided to hold over the final decision on this matter.
Two Scarsdale residents applied to merge two lots at 257 Fox Meadow Road. The back lot does not have road access, and so the lots would be merged for tax purposes, and an additional building would not be permitted on the lot. The Board decided to allow the lot merger.
2 -4 Weaver Street
Stephen Oder T.I.C. proposed plans to add an auxiliary stairway at the southwest corner of the property, as the proposed renovations to the building would create a four-story building, and so would require this exit. The Board had been concerned about the safety procedures in the front story building, but the proposal seems to eradicate these concerns. The Board was, however, curious about the historical preservation of the building, as the property was originally the Tavern Building, but referrals to the Historical Preservation agreement drawn up by the former owners in the past certified that the proposed building on the property would comply with the agreement. The Board voted to approve the proposal.
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.
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.
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."
Scarsdale's Memorial Day Parade
- Category: Events
- Published on 28 May 2015
- Written by Geoff Fitzgerald
Freedom isn't Free was the phrase of the day on Memorial Day - Monday May 25, when the nation honored soldiers lost to war. Scarsdale hosted its annual Memorial Day parade and festivities, which were both big successes.
The parade brought together local veterans who as members of the American Legion Scarsdale Post #52, organized the day. One member, Reverend Theodore (Ted) Gaskin, Deacon at St. Pius X Church spoke about his service in World War Two. Reverend Gaskin discussed his part in the battle of Guadalcanal, and a list he carries of comrades who died during the war. He mentioned that these soldiers were "just boys, 17, or 18 years old." The list is headlined, "Lest We Forget," and Reverend Gaskin has assured they never will be forgotten.
The first item on the agenda for the festivities was the annual parade, which started by the World War II Memorial at Boniface Circle, and proceeded to the corner of Chase and Popham Roads, before moving up Popham, across Church Lane past St. James the Less, and back down into the Village to Chase Park. The Scarsdale Color Guard led the parade, followed by Veterans and their families, then the Girl and Boy Scouts. After that came Little League players, The High School Band followed directly after playing marching tunes, and the Fire Department, Ambulance Corps and their vehicles rounded out the procession. After completing the parade, several speeches were given and boy and girl scouts received annual awards.
The day began and ended with the playing of Taps, the somber funeral tone created by General Daniel Butterfield during the Civil War to signal lights out. As Master of Ceremonies Robert T. Gillin commented, Taps always seems to make him, and others, very emotional with its somber notes.
Notable speakers during the speaking part of the celebration included, Retired Brigadier General Donald Lee Singer, Scarsdale Mayor Jonathan Mark, and Reverend Tom Newcomb. New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin was unable to speak during the festivities, although she did join in with the parade. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were also honored with awards for achieving high ranks, and for their exceptional work over the past year, since last Memorial Day.