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Arts Council Hosts Events in Chase Park

chaseparkIn an effort to build community engagement and revitalize Scarsdale Village the Scarsdale Arts Council is hosting several events in Chase Park. On Friday night May 19, after a leanproctorsudden thunderstorm, the first event, called Rock the Dale was held. Scarsdale senior Lena Proctor sang, backed up by "DJ Rold" Harol Sherr and Walter's Hot Dog Truck came to town to provide dinner. Thanks also to Dyana Mughal for helping to coordinate the event.

Mayor Dan Hochvert was on hand along with At Large Director of the Arts Council ML Perlman who arranged the event with support of the Village and other local community groups including TAP, CAC, Friends of Scarsdale Parks, and Scarsdale Forum's Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Pending the approval of the Village Board, The Scarsdale Arts Council has planned two art installation for the park, to be up for the summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Both are works created by Scarsdale artist Simone Kestelman.

The first installation is a series of boulders. Children of the community will be invited to help paint the boulders and can climb on them as a "natural playground". Special care will be taken that the boulders do not compact soil too close to trees. "Scars" means rocks and "Dale" means meadow, so this piece helps connect Scarsdale to its history.

waltersFor the second installation, Simone will be installing one of her famous "Pearl Necklace" statues on the south side of Chase Park. The installation will not hurt the tree and the portion of the necklace that is on the ground will be anchored to ensure the piece will not move. There will be a plaque explaining the work as a "call to artist" to engage with the Scarsdale Arts Council. The council is working with local merchants to host a series of "Evenings with the Artist" at which Simone will appear to explain her work.peralnecklace2rockinstallation2

Scarsdale Leads the Way in Food Scrap Recycling

Westchester County Earth Day  Food Scraps Recycling Award 2017On May 13, 2017, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, Westchester County recognized the Village of Scarsdale with a 2017 Earth Day Award for introducing a food scrap recycling program for Scarsdale residents. The award was presented by Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett during a County Earth Day 2017 celebration event. On hand to receive the award were Mayor Dan Hochvert, Trustees Deb Pekarek and Jane Veron, and members of the Village Ad Hoc Committee on Food Scraps Recycling, residents Ron Schulhof and Michelle Sterling.

Trustee Deb Pekarek used the occasion to urge Deputy County Executive Plunkett to consider having the County re-start its food scraps recycling program. The County's program, which included the operation of County-owned food recycling machinery, has been suspended due in part to the lack of volume of collected food scraps. As residents' voluntary participation in food scraps recycling increases, it may eventually be possible to prompt the County to re-activate its program. Having a food scraps re-cycling facility in the County would increase the efficiency of the program by reducing the distance the contractor that picks up the food scraps from the Recycling Center has to travel to get to a composting facility.

Michelle Ron and Jon MScarsdale's lead in food scrap recycling has been generating interest in other Westchester communities and a number of them have sent representatives to the Village Secor Road Recycling Center to observe the Village's program. In at least one case, the positive impact of such a visit has resulted in a prompt response. A week ago, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and members of his staff visited the Secor Road Recycling Center and observed the Scarsdale food scraps program in operation. Yesterday Supervisor Feiner announced that the Town of Greenburgh "will be working with the Greenburgh Nature Center trying to come up with a plan to implement a similar program."

Village residents dropped off over four tons of food scraps at the Recycling Center last week. In the previous week, residents were able to pick up compost generated by the program for free. For information about the Village's program and future compost pick up days, go to this page on the Village web site.

Volunteers Needed for Community Planting Day on Saturday

egretCelebrate Arbor Day and help protect and enhance Scarsdale's natural environment by lending a hand to plant 320 native trees and shrubs along Fox Meadow Brook in the Brewster Road- Harwood Wetland on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required, either in-person at Village Hall in the Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department, or online. The rain date is Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Individuals, families, youth groups, civic groups, and businesses are welcome to take part in our 3rd Annual Community Planting Day event. Everyone should dress for outdoor planting, including a pair of gardening gloves.

The 3rd Annual Community Planting Day is jointly sponsored by the Village of Scarsdale's Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department and Friends of Scarsdale Parks with support from New York Department of Environmental Conservation's "Trees for Tribs" program.

South Fox Meadow Brook is part of the Bronx River watershed system that feeds into the East River and the Long Island Sound. The Scarsdale Community Planting Day is part of a comprehensive watershed restoration project designed to preserve and protect and enhance sensitive watershed ecosystems, water quality, tree canopy, and wildlife.

Please join us for a worthwhile day of fun -- make a difference by lending a hand!
For further information, please contact the Village of Scarsdale Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department at 914-722-1166, or simply pre-register either in-person, or online.
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Change the Statistics Around Relationship Violence

OneLoveFlyerThe Center @ 862 invites you to a screening of the eye-opening film, "Escalation" on May 31, at 7:30 PM at the Scarsdale Public Library. A panel discussion with Sharon Robinson, founder of OneLove Organization, Lauren Pomerantz of Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service, NYS Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, and Youth Officer Sherri Albano of Scarsdale Police Department will follow. This provocative film provides thoughtful conversation and suggestions on how to talk about unhealthy and healthy relationships with their loved ones. Awareness of the issue is the first step in turning around these alarming statistics.

OneLove Foundation, was founded in 2010 when Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior from Bronxville, NY, was killed by her ex-boyfriend. OneLove's mission is to ensure that everyone has information about unhealthy and abusive relationships and understands the danger in these types of relationships and empowers them to leave an unhealthy situation—or help a friend to leave—before it escalates to abuse.

The Center@862 will be working with OneLove to build Scarsdale's own Team OneLove, a community of over 15,000 people nationwide. High school students will be trained to become OneLove facilitators at the Center, 862 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale, NY in early June. These students will organize future screenings of "Escalation" for their peers and moderate discussion groups following these screenings.

It's time to educate ourselves and our children about healthy relationships.

Sculpture Garden Reopens at PepsiCo

scuplture1We heard that the sculpture garden at PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase had finally reopened and decided to take a look. Even though it was the Saturday of Easter weekend, we felt fortunate to beat the crowds – who probably did not realize that the garden had re-opened after a four-year renovation of PepsiCo's corporate headquarters.

The spacious garden showcases 46 sculptures including works by famed sculptures such as Alexander Calder, Jean Duboffet, Jean Miro, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. The garden is directly across Anderson Hill Road from SUNY Purchase College and an easy drive from Scarsdale. The garden is sited on land that was originally a polo field and is planted with lovely stands of specimen trees, which are all labeled for those who are interested in testing their horticultural knowledge.

The original garden was designed by Russell Page (1902-1985) and since that time has been updated by Francois Goffinet. A winding walkway called "the Golden Path" leads visitors around the 168 acre property and offers a series of viewpoints.

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The public is invited to tour the gardens on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. There is no fee to enter – and the soda machine at the visitor's center offers Pepsi and water for just $1. Here are the rules – as posted on PepsiCo's website:

To ensure the safety of employees and visitors and to protect both the landscape and the art collection, we ask that everyone who visits observes the following rules:

  • Refrain from touching the art.
  • Sunbathing or playing sports is not permitted.
  • No pets, including leashed dogs.
  • Refrain from feeding the birds and fish.
  • No smoking.
  • All wheeled or motorized equipment such as bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, Segways, scooters or hover boards are prohibited.
  • Stay on internal paths and respect all barriers, flags and fencing.
  • Visitors must adhere to all other posted rules, regulations, waivers, and signs.

Plan a visit soon – it's a great place to take visitors and kids will love the wide-open spaces and monumental sculptures.

The Donal M. Kendall Scuplture Gardens
PepsiCo

700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
http://www.pepsico.com/sculpture-gardens

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