The Middle School's Modified Sports program, open to all 7th and 8th graders, will begin its fall season on September 9. This is a "no cut" program where everyone has an opportunity to participate: You do not have to be tall for volleyball or good with a stick for field hockey to participate. All that is necessary is the desire to learn, a commitment to come to practice, and a belief in the importance of teamwork. Practices are held at the Middle School 4-5 times a week from 2:45 pm-4:45 pm. Fall options are girls' volleyball, girls' field hockey and boys' and girls' cross country. Winter sports include girls' cheerleading, boys' wrestling and ice hockey. The spring season offers boys' and girls' track and field, as well as boys' and girls' lacrosse. In order for your child to participate, you must follow all instructions found on SMS Athletic's homepage http://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/domain/410. But hurry, the season starts early, and all students wanting to participate must attend an interest meeting to be held in gym A at 2:45pm on September 9.
Modified Sports Program at Middle School Starts September 9
New Rain Garden Planned for Scarsdale Library
The Scarsdale Village Board held a lengthy meeting on Tuesday night August 13, passing a series of resolutions that had accumulated during the summer months while they were on a modified meeting schedule.
Though there is too much to report, here are a few of the more colorful items on the agenda. You can see the entire agenda here:
Rain Garden at the Scarsdale Public Library:
The Village has secured a grant of $188,091 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to construct a 1,800 square foot rain garden to absorb 90% of the storm water runoff from the library's roof. Experts estimate that 450,000 gallons of water runs off the roof and infiltrates the ground below each year. As additional details on the project and the garden design are available, we will share them with you.
Storm Relief Funds:
The Village received relief funds totaling $100,977 for compensation for debris removal after the storm on October 29, 2011. The early snow storm brought down 360 trees, caused a power outage in about half the village and extensive road closures. Since many of the trees still held their leaves, the weight of the rapidly falling snow caused wide scale damage. The Village received the funds from the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program.
Entry Gate at 62 Park Road
The village executed a license agreement with Hilary Jandl of 62 Park Road to legalize the existing entry gate, piers, stonewall and fence that encroach on the Village right of way. Since the heights are within the allowable range, the walls blend with the environment and do not obstruct traffic the village granted a revocable license to allow the homeowner to maintain the gate, fence, stone piers and stone wall for a fee of $1,000.
Stone Piers at 15A Richbell Road
Likewise, the new owners of a much-discussed property at 15A Richbell Road were granted a license to legalize an encroachment of their decorative stonewall and piers on the Village right-of-way. The decorative stonewall and two piers are sited at the end of the driveway in the Village Right of Way but were not found to obstruct traffic. Eric and Deborah Lichtenstein were granted the license to maintain the entry as is.
Southern Westchester Food and Wine Festival Coming To Scarsdale on September 22
The Southern Westchester Food and Wine Festival is coming to Scarsdale Village on September 22. Here's the latest about what's in store:
Join three of the 54 Americas Junior Chef winners from Epicurious 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge at the SOWE Food & Wine Festival as they demonstrate their winning recipes. Presented with the chance to attend a once-in-a-lifetime event at the White House, 1,300 junior chefs whipped up their best dishes for the second annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner." The contest motivates kids and families across the country to get together in the kitchen to cook, share, laugh, and learn about eating wholesome food. You can meet three of the local winners with their winning recipes at SOWE on Sunday, September 22, 2013: CONNECTICUT: Quinoa "Risotto" with Shrimp and Kale, NEW YORK: Super Rescue Soup, NEW JERSEY: Hawaiian Turkey Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa.
Renowned Celebrity Chef David Burke will be demonstrating Dry Aged Beef Salad with Watermelon, Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata Cheese & Asparagus. "Excited to be participating in the SoWe Food and Wine Festival. Right in the heart of the tomato season I can't wait to show off some amazing fall dishes," said David Burke.
Each week, Sowe Food & Wine Festival will feature new and exciting recipes on our web site, provided exclusively by our sponsors. The recipes currently available at www.sowefwf.com, are provided by Cabot Creamery, Polar Beverages, Lucy's, and the Cayman Islands Tourism Board. Watch for more each week at www.sowefwf.com
About SoWe Food & Wine Festival: (www.Sowefwf.com) Join us at the Sowe Food & Wine Festival, in Scarsdale Village on September 22, from 11AM – 5 PM. Pamper your palate and quench your thirst at this year's event, showcasing gourmet food samplings from Southern Westchester's top restaurants, caterers, and bakeries, plus award winning wines from around the world. Attendees will experience celebrity-chef cooking demonstrations, product displays, book signings, live music, children's activities, and more! Baumer Ventures, Inc. (BVI, Inc.) is producing the festival, hosted by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce.
Mambo 64: For Tapas in Tuckahoe
On the prowl for tapas on a steamy Saturday night, we repeatedly called Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe but got no answer. We tried OpenTable and couldn't find them there either. So we decided to drive by to see if we could sit at the bar. However, when we made our way to 64 Main Street in Tuckahoe we were surprised to see that Bistro Latino was gone – and in its place was a sign for Mambo 64 –- now what was that?
Puzzled, my husband sat in the car while I peeked into the window and saw that the décor had not been changed and there were plenty of people inside. We decided to venture in and were greeted by the attractive and cheerful proprietor who explained that Bistro Latino had decamped to larger quarters in Larchmont – and is now called Palomino, for Chef Rafael Palomino who also runs Westchester favorites Sonora and Pacifico.
Their move was her gain as former teacher and foodie Arlen Gargalian took over the location to launch her first restaurant, Mambo 64. With Chef Stephanie Landis heading the kitchen, the menu offers the best of Bistro Latino with some tasty new dishes of their own.
The fare is decidedly Spanish, with a long list of tapas to sample and share. But first, the drinks. What an appealing cocktail menu! The fruity concoctions were the perfect antidote to the heat wave and we were hard pressed to decide between the white mango sangria, mojito, the hurricane (rum, passion fruit, pineapple and orange juice, plus lime) or the Belize cocktail – (coconut rum, meddled pineapple and juice).
Since we were a party of four, we decided to taste as many tapas as possible. Our first choice was the Gambas Al Ajillo – sautéed shrimp pictured here. These were delectable and we should have opted for two orders. We followed those with Arlen's Guacamole which included grapes and pecans, and also tried the roasted asparagus with romesco sauce and carnitas, which is slow braised port on corn tortillas. The salmon, mango and roasted pepper ceviche was fresh and flavorful as well. Everything arrives quickly and was made to order.
Mambo 64 also offers larger "Platos Fuertos," and we opted for the chimichurri-marinated hanger steak and Arlen's signature jerk chicken. Both were spicy and irresistible.
Arlen herself stopped by to chat with us and helped us navigate the menu. Soon she was exchanging Spanish pleasantries with my daughter and reminiscing about her college experience as an exchange student in Barcelona. Influenced by her time there and in Peru, Gargagliano is the author of two cocktail/tapas books and also taught English as a second language for 20 years before launching her career as a restauranteur. She is warm, upbeat and approachable and made everyone at the restaurant feel as if they had been welcomed into her home.
For now, it's possible to find a table at Mambo 64 so I suggest you try it soon before the words gets out. Tell Arlen Scarsdale10583 sent you.
64 Main Street
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 5-10
Friday and Saturday: 5-11, Sunday: 5 to 9
Lunch: Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30-2:30
Closed on Mondays— except for special events
Oversized Houses on Undersized Lots: Does FAR Go Far Enough?
Since the 1950's, the size of the average American home has more than doubled. This trend of increased house size has certainly made its presence felt in Scarsdale, where large additions to old houses have become commonplace and newly built mansions line Heathcote Road. Although the size of houses in Scarsdale has been increasing, the size of the plots they are situated upon has not. As a result, many houses are now considered to be too big for their plots. Many Scarsdale residents believe that these "McMansions" are aesthetically unappealing, and take away from Scarsdale's refined architectural charm.
On June 25th, the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) met with the Board of Trustees. One of the main issues discussed was whether changes should be made to the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirements of Scarsdale homes to keep people from building houses deemed too big for their plots. This topic was brought up chiefly because the BAR had recently received several complaints from residents whose homes abut one of these new, oversized home.
One such neighbor, a Quaker Ridge resident (who wished to stay anonymous), explained that "Dell was a street with appropriate medium-sized stone houses. Now, the two monster houses on the corner dwarf the neighborhood..." The same resident went on to say that in modern-day Scarsdale, "it's all power to the developers, no regard or respect for the neighborhood and it's current residents." Lika Levi, a Scarsdale resident and founder of Save Scarsdale, Save Scarsdale, an organization dedicated to the preservation of architectural heritage and conservation of the environment added that due to the spike in oversized homes, Scarsdale is "losing (its) character as a Village-in-a-Park and becoming a Village-of-Monstrosities."
Several solutions to the McMansion problem were discussed at the meeting. One of the more popular methods discussed was for the BAR to change the Scarsdale zoning codes to prohibit houses exceeding a certain FAR from being built.
However, David Lee, a member of the Board of Trustees, explained that although the Board of Trustees is "certainly aware that some residents have concerns about over-development in Scarsdale," the Board of Trustees must at the same time be "conscious of the rights of individual property owners to develop their property within the bounds of the law." Mr. Lee also warned, to the dismay of many Scarsdale residents, that it is still too early to say "what changes, if any, the Board of Trustees is considering making to the FAR regulations."
The Law and Land Use Committees of the Scarsdale Board of Trustees will meet at 6 pm on August 13 to continue the discussion on land use and zoning regulations, setbacks, FAR, lot coverage, building coverage, bulk, wetlands and sensitive drainage areas. Make your opinion count by attending this meeting at Scarsdale Village Hall.
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