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Jennifer Galeon copyScarsdale resident Jennifer Galeon received the Martha K. Selig Young Leadership Award for her leadership and dedicated service to the community at UJA-Federation of New York's NY Lions Lunch on October 31, 2019, at The Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

The event, attended by 450 women, also recognized Stacy Hoffman of Great Neck, Vicki Feldman Portman of Holmdel, New Jersey, and Lauren Feldman of New York City.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalists and She Said co-authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey were the guest speakers.

At the event, each guest signed a petition to pass the NO HATE Act, which will enable the FBI to better track, assess, and ultimately reduce hate crimes — including acts of anti-Semitism — across the U.S.

In New York, a woman who gives a gift of $6,000 or more, individually or as a family, to UJA-Federation's annual campaign is recognized as a Lion.

Reading at Bronx River Books

Author Brian T. Brown read from his new book, “Someone is Out to Get Brown BronxRiverBooksAuthor Brian Brown read from his new book at Bronx River Books in Scarsdale.Us: A Not So Brief History of Cold War Paranoia and Madness” at Bronx River Books in Scarsdale on Wednesday night November 6. The 512-page book discusses the Cold War, Soviet espionage and covert mischief, and how these helped shape the course of American pop culture. It is published by Twelve Books and also available on Hachette Audio.

Great Carve Out

Scarsdale Cub Scouts Pack 440 was once again knee deep in pumpkins at its annual Great Carve Out on Sunday October 27. In addition to honing their knife skills, under the watchful eyes of their parents, scouts and siblings also played Halloween-themed games, heard spooky stories and topped the afternoon off with tons of sweet but scary treats. Placing first in the spooky treat contest was the Reindels, who contributed brain-topped cupcakes with “blood”-filled syringes plunged into the cupcakes.

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bearBear Shouei has no fear of scary treats.

pumpkin5Visitor Lazaro and his father, Akani, enjoying “smart” food with a twist.

jack donutWebelos 5 Jack can’t wait to sink his teeth into the donut that bites back.

scoutspopScouts Elena and Luca sandwich brother Nico while they munch on spooky snacks.

pumpkin2Lion Logan and Dad Tony getting into the guts of the matter.

HealthPanel“Many things get better as we get older – but many get worse,” admitted Dr. Kay Lovig, with a laugh. But then the endocrinologist from White Plains Hospital went on to offer numerous valuable suggestions and solutions for women confronting health issues as they age. This was the topic at a panel discussion on Thursday October 24th at Sunningdale Country Club that featured four physicians and a family nurse practitioner, all ready to address women’s concerns about “What the Heck is Happening to My Body?!” Sponsored by White Plains Hospital, the breakfast event drew a crowd of almost 200 women. The panelists demystified many problems that women experience and are often hesitant to discuss whether it is with their friends or their doctors.

The discussion was hosted by Dara Gruenberg, a member of the White Plains Hospital Foundation Board, whose idea it was to create this safe forum for dialogue. Gruenberg opened the discussion by saying that “the impetus for the event is that I feel women deserve to have conversations about what is happening to our bodies as we age out in the open, in the light of day.” She organized questions by topic, eliciting frank answers from the experts by allowing attendees to submit their queries anonymously before the event. As the discussion went on, audience members could ask direct questions themselves or send up a card with a written questions too. The audience was on the edge of their seats, eager to hear real answers to questions that many never had the courage to ask. Gruenberg did a great job of keeping the conversation going and focusing on information the audience wanted to hear. One attendee said, “At times, a doctor would speak scientifically, but Dara gently interjected, asking her to repeat her answer using less technical language. I got so much out of this.”

Topics included hormonal health, sleep issues, changes in aging skin, preventive care, breast health, sexual health and myth busting. No topic was off limits, including those that got a laugh, like hair growth in new places and hair loss in others; to those met with knowing concern, like facing treatment for breast cancer. The message from all the panel members was one of empathy, empowerment and self-advocacy. Melissa Ferrara, a family nurse practitioner from Maze Women’s Sexual Health, suggested, “If one option doesn’t work for you, go back. Ask for another approach.”

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer was top of mind. Breast surgeon, Dr. Ananthakrishnan, was asked what women could do to prevent breast cancer and if there was any link between breast cancer and soy consumption. She said, “There’s no magic to preventing breast cancer. Eat green leafy vegetables, whole grains and food in its natural state. Stay away from fatty fried foods. Limit drinks to 4-7 per week, take vitamin D and get 40 minutes of exercise at least three times a week.” About soy, she said, “soy is okay in moderation…. It would be hard to eat enough soy to bump your estrogen level.”

Preventative health was top of mind for all of the panelists, who all considered lifestyle choices an important part of health management. Of course, no one offered a magic fountain of youth, not even dermatologist, Dr. Athena Kaporis, who made some welcome suggestions for reducing the effects of aging on the skin. When asked about the value of Collagen powder she debunked the myth that its actually effective because the powder gets broken down through the digestive system.

What else happened? Well, as the saying goes, what happens at a women’s health panel discussion stays at a women’s health panel discussion! But I can share that the main take away from the event was to seek help from a doctor if issues arise and to know that resources are available. This was stressed several times throughout event, including providing follow up information for all of the panelists. After the event, an attendee offered, “It's good to know I am not alone.”

Kudos to the panelists and White Plains Hospital for presenting so many manageable options to treat the often ignored effects of aging for women.

werun4The Scarsdale WeRun team participated the Westchester Healing Half and 10K charity runs on Sunday October 6 on the Bronx River Parkway. There were a total of 28 runners, the biggest team in this race. They took the overall first place (Shuangyuan Luo), overall third place (Nick Chien) in Men's 10K; second place (Shenghua Hu) in Men's 50-59 Half Marathon and third place (Lei Zhang) in Men's 40-49 Half Marathon.

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firefigher georgeFirefighter Cordes George demonstrating the improper way to extinguish a grease fire on the kitchen prop that his daughter Ashley George designed and built for her Girl Scout project.On Saturday elementary school children were called into action when a house went up in flames at Crossway. The kids used the fire extinguishers to put out the blaze – but thankfully it was only a drill.storytimeStory time with Captain Stephen Mulcahy.

The fire was one activity at the Scarsdale Fire Department’s Fire Fair which was attended by over 250 people. Those who attended enjoyed a day of good weather with many activities to teach kids how to avoid fires and what to do when one occurs.

In addition to the house on fire and the “Stop, Drop and Roll” demo there was a bouncy house and a fire engine to explore. For the adults, there was a live demonstration on how to put out a grease fire on your stovetop and an oven fire. A lucky volunteer from the audience donned fire department gear and was able to demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher on an oven fire.

kidsputoutfireKids extinguish a demo house fire.New this year was the realistic kitchen cabinet prop, which showed how the grease fire, when improperly put out with water, would spread to the upper and lower cabinets. This kitchen prop was designed and built by Ashley George, a local resident and daughter to Volunteer Company # One firefighter Cordes George, as part of her Girl Scout project. Firefighter Cordes George demonstrated the improper way of putting out a grease fire on the kitchen prop. He said, “This was a great addition to our demonstration this year … it makes it more realistic.” The Scarsdale Fire Department thanks Ashley George for her work on this project.

Also new this year, the children were entertained by a reading of “The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog” by Captain Stephen Mulcahy. Each child who attended the story time received a copy of the book and had their book signed by a firefighter. Kids also enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy.

audeincevolunteerA volunteer from the audience demonstrates the different classes of fire extinguishers.

Steve Rossi, of AAA Emergency in North White Plains, was on hand to educate the public on the selection of a proper fire extinguisher.

Photos by Jon Thaler. See more here: 

WomensHealth“What the heck is happening to my body?!” Women have probably asked themselves this question many times throughout the course of their lives (or some version of it!) As women age, the questions may become more frequent and the experience can feel unclear and ignored. Once yearly doctor visits often do not provide enough time or a relaxed environment to get answers to the plethora of issues that have arisen over the course of the year. As a response to this, White Plains Hospital invites women entering their late-30s, 40s, 50s and 60s to learn together with expert women health professionals in an open dialogue to address the topic “What the Heck is Happening to My Body?!

Featuring some of the top women’s health experts in Westchester County, this candid conversation is a chance for women in the community to ask frank questions while maintaining privacy. Attendees can submit their questions in advance and anonymously online when they enroll. Topics will be driven by the concerns of those attending, but will likely include health risk factors, expected and unexpected physical changes, aging norms, perimenopausal and menopausal impacts, sexual health, thyroid health (metabolism and fatigue), and myth busting, to name a few.

The event idea came to event chair, Dara Gruenberg, this summer after talking to many of her friends. “Everywhere I went, I felt like I was having a different version of the same conversation and there were more questions than there were answers.” Gruenberg, a member of the White Plains Hospital Foundation board, found that White Plains Hospital was ready and willing to assemble an expert panel with the goal to begin a community dialogue, and chip away at stigma and misinformation that accompany women’s aging. White Plains Hospital seeks to support awareness and understanding for community women at this groundbreaking discussion.

Over 125 tickets have already been sold, suggesting the desire among women for information is real. When registering, women can donate to pay for uninsured women’s mammograms in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

WPH candid convo evite rd5 9 6 19The event will be on Thursday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, NY. Expert panelists include:

Dr. Preya Ananthakrishan, MD, Director of Breast Surgery at White Plains Hospital;
Dr. Athena Kaporis, MD, a board-certified Dermatologist at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates who specializes in both medical and cosmetic dermatology;
Dr. Kay Lovig, MD, a board-certified Internal Medicine and Endocrinology specialist at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates;
Dr. Jacqueline Bavaro, MD, OB/GYN with White Plains Hospital Physician Associates and a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology;
Melissa Ferrara, a nationally board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, specializing as a female sexual dysfunction clinician.

The panel will be moderated by Dara Gruenberg.

Tickets to this event are $65 per person, and all proceeds will benefit White Plains Hospital. Breakfast will be served. For more information and to register, click here

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