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Scarsdale Celebrates Diversity at the 2014 International Fair

faircalligraphyScarsdale celebrated its diversity on Sunday May 18 with a dazzling international display of the cultures, foods and traditions of Scarsdale's international population. Twenty two countries were celebrated in an elaborate event sponsored by the multi-cultural committees of the PTA's, PT Council and the Scarsdale School's Interdependence Institute.

Colorful flags of countries around the globe decorated the entry to Scarsdale High School where the event kicked off with a parade of nations to the music of Irish bagpipers. Choral, instrumental and dance performances were held throughout the event in the high school auditorium including a demonstration of Korean Tae Kwon Do, a Papua New Guinea dancer, an Irish fiddle performance from the renown Finbar Kantor and a Chinese face changer.

Simultaneously, booths representing each country were open in the cafeteria, displaying the history and culture of each. We saw Chinese calligraphy, Japanese origami, pastries from France, the food of New Guinea, games from Australia and henna from Pakistan. Parents, many wearing the garb of their native countries, seemed to be having just as much fun as their kids – celebrating and sharing their cultures with their American neighbors and each other.

As if that was not enough, an elaborate food court was assembled in the Board of Education room where exotic dishes were available to taste. From Brazil there was Feijoada – with pork, bean and beef jerky – falafel and pita from Israel, mumu – which is chicken ,fish and coconut from Papua, New Guinea, Lamingtons (eggs and strawberry jam) from Australia and shepherd's pie from Ireland.

Throughout the day there were demonstrations and games in the courtyard. The high school was swarming with activity and fun for people of all nations.

See the photo gallery below and send your own photos of the day to scarsdalecomments@gmail.com to share on Scarsdale10583.

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Art Festival in Scarsdale Village This Weekend

Carpet TracksThe Westchester Festival of the Arts returns to Scarsdale this weekend for it's fifth art show here on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The show will be put up along Chase Road and there is no fee for admission. Visitors can park in the Christie Place Garage which is free on the weekends.

The show is hosted by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce and will transform Scarsdale into an outdoor art gallery featuring sculptors, painters, jewelers, glass artists, photographers, digital artists, fiber and ceramic artists along with masterpieces in mixed-media, metal, and wood.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artisans and to learn how they were trained and their skills honed.

For more information about the Westchester Festival of the Arts call 941-487-8061 or e-mail Bill Kinney at admin@paragonartfest.com.
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County Tennis Welcomes New Members

countyaerialCounty Tennis, one of Scarsdale's original tennis clubs is now in its 102nd season and is welcoming new members to enjoy a very active season of tennis for men, women and children. The club's nine soft courts are open and they are hosting competitive teams, social events, individual lessons, group clinics, and tennis academies for kids and teens. The Club has always participated in the Men's Westchester County Tennis league as well as the Women's MITL league and recently added USTA teams to their mix.

Two world-class tennis pros, Doug Proudian and Eric Langenkamp, are available for countyProudianlessons. Proudian, has been with the club for six years. He is a Larchmont native who played Division 1 Tennis for the University of Florida. He offers individual and group lessons, clinics and the Doug Proudian Tennis Academy for Children. Eric Langenkamp, a Scarsdale native who played Division 1 tennis at the University of Notre Dame, has joined as an additional pro this season.

County Tennis has a clubhouse with men's and ladies locker rooms, a scenic deck overlooking the courts and a snack bar catered by Lange's of Scarsdale. County offers players of all abilities a friendly, comfortable place to enjoy tennis at its finest.

The club is currently offering a new member adult discount rate of $250.00 off membership until May 31st.

County Tennis is hosting two events to introduce prospective members to the club:

On Saturday May 3rd they will host an Open House from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00pm. This eventcounty5 is open to all prospective new members and existing members are encouraged to bring guests. This is a free event that offers everyone the opportunity to try out the courts, meet the talented young pros, enjoy refreshments and meet the members.

On Friday May 9th there will be a Family Open House from 5:30-7:30pm. No member is needed to attend. Hit on the clay courts with your friends, spouses, kids (5 and over) or your grandchildren. This will be a fun way to play a little twilight tennis, meet the Pros and members, enjoy refreshments and get to know the club for your entire family.

The neighborhood club welcomes members from all over and is located on Brook Lane in Scarsdale. It can be accessed from the Bronx River Parkway, Greenacres Avenue and the Hartsdale Train Station. To learn more, call (914) 472-1136, email Jonathan Rosen at jonathanrosen10@gmail.com or visit www.countytennis.org
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The Epilepsy Foundation: Stronger Together

epilepsywalk1On Saturday, May 3, the Scarsdale High School Epilepsy Foundation Club held a walk and bake sale at the high school track. The afternoon skies were clear, and there was a nice turnout of people who really wanted baked goods ­ especially the high school juniors who wanted to satisfy their hunger after the grueling SAT!

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures. The Epilepsy Foundation is very underfunded, but is quickly gaining increased popularity as more and more people are raising awareness about epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation Club is a relatively new club at Scarsdale High School; it was started in the spring of 2013 by now­Scarsdale High School juniors Megan Shelton and Ariel Tzamarot. The two of them know numerous people whose lives are affected by epilepsy, and they founded the club in hopes of making a difference for their loved ones. The SHS Epilepsy Foundation Club works directly with the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York.
The club, like many others at Scarsdale High School, primarily raises money and awareness through selling baked goods and bracelets. Earlier this year, numerous club members participated in the second annual Into the Light Walk for Epilepsy at Hudson River Park in New York City, held by the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York. The walk was three and a half miles, with numerous checkpoints along the way and lots of encouragement from the Metropolitan branch members. While at the walk, the SHS club members received T-­shirts, pamphlets discussing how to live with epilepsy and how to help those that are living with epilepsy, and ultimately just had a fantastic day.

The walk that the SHS Epilepsy Foundation Club held today lasted from 12 to 4:30. Members sold pizza and numerous baked goods including Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies and spring­themed cupcakes. Many people came out to walk, but even more people came to eat the pizza and baked goods, which are documented to have been "insanely delicious".       

Just as the club was getting ready to change their location to the village, they were met with an extremely generous donation from the Siegel family. Later in the village, the club learned that
while many people do not want to buy baked goods after eating ice cream, people are always willing to donate. With the generous mentality and empty stomachs of people in Scarsdale, the Scarsdale High School Epilepsy Foundation Club raised $332.66.

If anyone has any questions regarding epilepsy, how to get involved in raising epilepsy awareness or would like to make a donation, please contact Megan Shelton at meganshelton763@gmail.com or Ariel Tzamarot at arieltzamarot@gmail.com.

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Kids' B.A.S.E. and the Little School Appoints New Director

GhiozziThe Board of Trustees of Kids' B.A.S.E. and the Little School has appointed Angela Ghiozzi as the new Executive Director of Kids' B.A.S.E. and the Little School. Angela will be starting on June 1, 2014. Until then, Carmelita Bota will remain as Acting Executive Director. Ms. Bota will then return to her role as Assistant Director and will partner with Ms. Ghiozzi on staff training and development, curriculum and special projects.

Victor Moritz and Melissa Bornstein Co-Board Presidents commented that "We are impressed with Angela's breadth of experience, remarkable skillset, her warm and engaging personality, and her demonstrated passion for early childhood education. We welcome her with open arms to the KBLS family and look forward to a very promising future under her direction."

Ms. Ghiozzi is an accomplished early childhood and elementary school educator and administrator with thirty years of experience in the field. She is currently the Assistant Executive Director for Early Childhood Education, Borough Director and the Family Child Care Network Director for Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York ("LSSNY"), where she supervises 10 preschools located in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn as well as 85 home-based centers in the Family Child Care Network. She was involved in the initial start-up planning, curriculum development, program management, staffing and regulatory compliance for these sites. Prior to joining LSSNY, Ms. Ghiozzi served as the Executive Director of other start-up preschool and respite program initiatives. She also has several years of experience working in special education in various roles, including Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education Consultant, Director of Special Education with the Valhalla School District and Program Coordinator at The Shield Institute. In addition, Ms. Ghiozzi was a teacher in elementary and intermediate public schools in the Bronx and a private preschool.

Ms. Ghiozzi graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.S. in Special Education. She has an M.A. in Early Childhood / Special Education from Teacher's College, Columbia University and a P.D. in Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle. Ms. Ghiozzi lives in White Plains and is the proud mother of one son, who will be graduating from Cornell University in May.

Ms. Ghiozzi says "I am honored and delighted to be joining the KBLS family as the new Executive Director. I look forward to meeting the children and their families in the near future and am eager to work with the staff to continue KBLS' success, develop a plan to achieve our goals, and create an exemplary program."

K.B.L.S. offers the highest quality of educational, social, and care experiences possible for resident Scarsdale children from age 3 through Grade 6. Kids' B.A.S.E. and The Little School are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, chartered by the NYS Board of Regents, and licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. K.B.L.S. offers year-round extended hours of operation to accommodate children and families through a range of programs including:

• The Little School: Scarsdale's premier preschool program with classes for 3s and 4s.
• Kids' B.A.S.E.: Before- and after-school enrichment and care programs for children in grades K-6. Free busing provided from Scarsdale elementary schools.
• Summer Scene Enrichment Program at the Little School: Full of fun learning experiences, daily swim at the Scarsdale Pool, crafts, sports and special events. Full and half- days are available from July 1-August 15.
• Summer Set Before-and-After Camp Enrichment: Summer enrichment programming for children in grades K-5. Free busing provided from Scarsdale Rec camp.

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