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Haze Over Heathcote

Haze2Last week, crews were out conducting smoke tests as part of the Village Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study required by Westchester County. The work pictured was being done around Mamaroneck, Secor and Foxhall Roads in the Heathcote area of the Village. Smoke, which the Village says is non-toxic and non-staining, poured out of sewer manholes and hung over the streets in an autumnal haze.

The Village has sent notices to residents about the conduct of these tests and a copy of the Village notice can be found on the Village web site. The Village Engineering Department can be contacted if a resident has questions about this process (914.722.1106).


SHS Cares Community Dinner Raises $9,000 for Hurricane Relief

DSC01694A community dinner at Scarsdale High School to raise money for hurricane relief on Monday November 6 was a big success. The event, called "SHS Cares: Community Dinner for Hurricane Relief," was hosted by parents, teachers and students in the school cafeteria. Food was donated by area restaurants and residents.

Faculty advisor Lauren Barton said, "We raised nearly $9,000 for hurricane victims and likely had close to 200 people in attendance. It was wonderful to have so many people from different parts of the community together. Nearly three dozen teachers helped ensure that the event was a success. Live music was provided by members of the class of 2021. All the extra food was donated to the Open Arms Men's Shelter in White Plains. Below is the list of restaurants that donated food.

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Buon Amici
Galloway's Bakery
Garth Road Inn
Green Harvest
Irish Bank
Metro Diner
Patisserie Salzberg
Ruffled Feathers
SLICE of Scarsdale
South East Asian Sea


Scarsdale Forum Recommends Safety Measures and Asks for Resident Input on Traffic Survey

forumleadersThe Scarsdale Forum's Municipal Services Committee released a community survey as part of a continuing study being carried out by the Committee to examine traffic, pedestrian, and bicycle safety and parking issues throughout the Village of Scarsdale. This online survey seeks the input of residents of and visitors to Scarsdale about their experiences driving, walking, bicycling and parking in Scarsdale, and their views about ways to improve safety. Click here to complete it:

The Committee will be making recommendations to the Village based on the survey results about safety concerns without identifying individual questionnaire respondents. The survey follows the recent release of the Committee's Quality of Life Report that focused on how adherence to local ordinances is necessary to maintain and, possibly, improve the quality of life and safety in the Village.

The survey is a follow up to the Committee's previous traffic safety report, available on the Forum's report page.

Commenting on the survey, Municipal Services Committee Chair Madelaine Eppenstein explained that "The Committee began with a comprehensive initial report released to the Village in October 2015 that focused primarily on traffic safety issues in the Village center, with the intention of issuing an update to the recommendations that would cover the rest of Scarsdale's extensive road network." Eppenstein noted that "some of the same traffic problems that were detailed in the initial report could be observed at other locations throughout the Village and its neighborhoods."


The Committee's initial report made the following recommendations, citing the precise locations in the Village where improvements in signals and signage might be made by the Village, to:

· promote pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist traffic safety by lowering the maximum allowable speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour on designated roads;

· provide additional signals and/or signage and develop strategies in order to maximize pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist safety; and

· promulgate regulations, institute a public education campaign and enlist the cooperation of the public consistent with the Committee's recommendations.

The survey is being released at this time so that it can be presented to the Village Board of Trustees and Village Staff before the year-end holiday season and in time to be considered during the course of their budget considerations, which often begin on a preliminary basis during the fall. Given that timing objective, the Executive Committee of the Scarsdale Forum's Board of Directors approved the Survey's release on October 19, 2017 under the "Discussion Draft" provision of the Scarsdale Forum's By-laws.

Click here to complete the survey:

Election Day: Tuesday November 7th: Important Information for Voters from the LWVS

votingmachineThe League of Women Voters of Scarsdale would like to remind the community that Election Day is this Tuesday, November 7th. This year, Westchester County voters can vote for Westchester County Executive, which is a four-year position. Incumbent Robert Astorino (R, C) is being challenged by New York State Senator George Latimer (D, WF, IN, WE, REF).

Benjamin Boykin II (D, WF, IN), Westchester County Legislator for District 5, is running unopposed for re-election. The following additional offices will be on the ballot as well: County Clerk, NY Supreme Court Justice, County Court Judge, and County Family Court Judge.

In addition, voters on Tuesday will be asked to vote on whether New York State should hold a Constitutional Convention. The NYS Constitution requires that every 20 years the people decide if a convention should be held. The ballot question will appear as follows: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?

Voters will also be asked to vote on two additional Ballot Proposals concerning pension forfeiture for elected officials convicted of a felony, and Adirondack park maintenance, construction and water testing.

The polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Polling locations are as follows:

Election District   Location
1, 2 & 19             Greenacres School
3 & 4                   Fox Meadow School
5, 11 & 12           Scarsdale Library
6 & 7                   Village Hall
8, 9 & 10             Edgewood School
13, 14 & 18         Heathcote School
15 & 16               Quaker Ridge School
17                       Crossway Fire House

The deadline for voting by absentee ballot by mail is November 6, 2017, and November 7 if the ballot is delivered IN-PERSON to the Westchester County Board of Elections by close of polls on Election Day.

The Scarsdale League of Women Voters is committed to promoting informed and active participation of citizens in government. We encourage all voters to visit http://www.vote411.org/ and http://www.lwvs.org/ for additional information about the Candidates and Ballot Proposals.

SHS Girls Varsity A Soccer Team Completes Regular Season with Impressive Win and Prepares for Playoffs

StaffordThe Scarsdale High School Girls Varsity A Soccer team completed its 2017 regular season on Tuesday night, October 17, in the chill and under the lights at Scarsdale High School with a 3-1 win over the highly touted Suffern Mounties. The Raiders now head to the Section AA playoffs on a five game winning streak, potentially poised for a deep playoff run.

The last time the Raiders won the Section AA championship was back in 2000. In Tuesday evening's Suffern game, after falling behind 1-0 early in the first half on a header off a Suffern corner kick, the Raiders were able to establish control in the mid-field, creating a number of scoring chances. Mid-fielders Allison Stafford and Carly Rubin were effective in repeatedly thwarting attempts by Suffern to advance the ball, allowing Scarsdale to maintain possession and positioning the Raiders for offensive rushes.

The Raiders finally broke through on a beautiful goal by junior forward Jaeda Dean off a corner kick at about the 25 minute mark. In the second half, with the score tied 1-1, the Raiders continued to enjoy the better of the play. Stafford came within inches of scoring on a one-touch shot near the goal off a terrific centering pass from forward Olivia Bryant, as the ball went just over the crossbar. Finally, at about the 15 minute mark Rubin came through with a goal on a free kick from 20 yards out that eluded the Mounties' goalie.


For the last part of the game, the talented Suffern team mounted a furious attack in a desperate attempt to tie the score. But the Raiders maintained their poise and the defense, led by Sam Mancini and Katie Reisman, were able to turn back the Mounties' attack each time. Finally, with fewer than five minutes left in the game and Suffern pressing up, mid-fielder Ella Ansell scored the clincher off a deflection in front of the goal. Christina Coco played well in goal for the Raiders and made some key saves and forwards Riley Edlitz and Nayumi Parente were key participants in the attack.

deanWith the win over the Mounties, the Raiders finished the regular season with a record of 10-3-2 and as the 5th seed heading into the playoffs. After a difficult loss in their first game to Arlington, the number one ranked team in New York State, the Raiders have played better and better as the season wore on. They hope to have an opportunity to face Arlington again down the road in the playoffs.

The Suffern contest was the traditional game to celebrate the team's seniors. A ceremony was held before the game to honor team members who will graduate in June 2018. The honorees were Anna Distler, Dana Papandreadis, Kate Reisman, Sam Mancini and Carly Rubin. The closeness and friendship among the players was apparent as they paid homage to their soon-to-be graduating teammates. Under the leadership of long-time head coach Mindy Genovese and assistant coach Kiera Fox, the 2017 season has been highly successful regardless of how the team does in the playoffs, as evidenced by the camaraderie among the players and the team's steadily improving play as the season has progressed.

The Raider's first playoff game will ansellbe held on Saturday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. on the turf field at Scarsdale High School against No. 12 seed Mamaroneck. The Raiders played the Tigers, a traditional league rival, twice this season, winning once and tying once. Scarsdale residents are encouraged to come out and support the Raiders! Scarsdale10583.com will follow the team during the playoffs and report back on what will hopefully be a successful run.

Photos by Jon Thaler. See more here