Scarsdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale Sat, 21 Jul 2018 21:13:40 -0400 HamletHub.com New Exhibit at Local Gallery https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3719-new-exhibit-at-local-gallery3719-new-exhibit-at-local-gallery https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3719-new-exhibit-at-local-gallery3719-new-exhibit-at-local-gallery

 

A national invitational exhibition of ceramic works exploring the idea of what it is to be an American.

Opening Reception: 

Saturday, July 21st

6 – 8PM

In the Gallery: July 21st– September 15th

 

 

US is the third of four themed exhibits for 2018, a year featuring artists whose works examine social justice issues and the intricacies of maneuvering life, lifestyles and living within a global society. US is a national invitational exhibition of ceramic works exploring the idea of what it is to be an American. Social and political issues will be touched upon by ceramic artists in an array of expression. Artists such as Ehren Tool, a US military veteran, will activate the community by creating ceramic cups with imagery of war to start a discussion with other veterans. At the close of the exhibition on September 15, Ehren Tool will generously give away his handmade cups with a suggested donation to Clay Art Center programs. He states “I hope that some of the cups can be starting points for conversations about unspeakable things.” Juxtaposed with this is Mariko Paterson, an immigrant from Canada who layers her colorful pottery with patriotic and social imagery that draws upon her interpretation of America’s past.

Invited Artists:  Natalia Arbelaez, Russell Biles, Andrew Coombs, Jared Gelormino, Brian Harper, Virgil Ortiz, Mariko Paterson, Jessica Putnam Phillips, Hope Rovelto, Steven Montgomery, Sana Musasama, Ehren Tool, and Shalene Valenzuela

Concurrent to this exhibition will be Port Chester Day with Ehren Tool on August 25th at 10:00am. Ehren, a US military veteran, will be doing a ceramic demo in Lyons Park in Port Chester, NY, followed by a process slide lecture from 6 – 7pm at Clay Art Center.  Ehren states “When I returned from the 1991 Gulf War I was surprised to see a G.I. Joe version of myself, my gas mask and my war, in stores, “for ages 6 and up”. I am compelled to make work that talks about the strange places where military and civilian cultures collude and collide.”

The 2018 gallery year is hosting 4 Degrees of Separation, a series of four exhibitions featuring artists whose works examine the intricacies of maneuvering life, lifestyles and living within a global society with its political and social ramifications. The exhibits will focus on relationships from different vantage points on the intricacies of individualism, racial biases, national identity or environment and how all of it is communicated and understood. Clay Art Center is committed to exhibiting emerging, mid-career, and established artists, as it seeks to become a platform for the field to express potent ideas and relevant topics of our time. 

 

Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large. 

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm or by appointment.

 

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Events Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:26:34 -0400
The Italian American Club of Northern Westchester Multicultural Festival on August 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3718-the-italian-american-club-of-northern-westchester-multicultural-festival-on-august-43718-the-italian-american-club-of-northern-westchester-multicultural-festival-on-august-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3718-the-italian-american-club-of-northern-westchester-multicultural-festival-on-august-43718-the-italian-american-club-of-northern-westchester-multicultural-festival-on-august-4

The Italian American Club of Northern Westchester’s Multicultural Festival will be holding their 7th Annual Multicultural Festival on Saturday, August 4th (Rain Date: Sunday, August 5th) from 9am-4pm at Shopper's Park behind Village Hall located at 104 Main Street in Mount Kisco.

The Multicultural Festival will be a day of celebration and will feature a car show, music, refreshments, and vendors.

For more information about the event/participate as a vendor, please contact Events To Remember at (914) 218-3968 or e-mail BarbaraG@EventsRemember.com.

Purchase tickets and learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Events Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:57:38 -0400
Stroller Tours at the Katonah Museum of Art https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3716-stroller-tours-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art-15312539623716-stroller-tours-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art-1531253962 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3716-stroller-tours-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art-15312539623716-stroller-tours-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art-1531253962

Fridays, July 20, August 17, September 21, 9:30 - 10:30 AM

Katonah Museum opens its doors to babies and their new parents and caregivers for an enriching experience, a chance to meet local parents, and dynamic conversation over refreshments. Special guests including artists and curators will join each tour.

Free with admission. For adults with children under 18 months.             

Katonah Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay Street, Katonah.

Learn more: www.katonahmuseum.org

 

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myeung@katonahmuseum.org (Katonah Museum) Events Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:05:24 -0400
Senior Socials at KMA https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3717-senior-socials-at-kma3717-senior-socials-at-kma https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3717-senior-socials-at-kma3717-senior-socials-at-kma

Fridays, July 20, August 17, September 21, 1:00-2:00 PM

Join fellow seniors for an afternoon of art viewing and socializing. Dive deep into our current exhibition with a knowledgeable docent and mingle with other art enthusiasts over coffee and treats. Sign up with a friend!

http://www.katonahmuseum.org/programs-and-events/PlayRewindSS/

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education@katonahmuseum.org (Margaret Adasko ) Events Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:02:04 -0400
Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee to Host Fundraiser August 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3715-scarsdale-democratic-town-committee-to-host-fundraiser-august-23715-scarsdale-democratic-town-committee-to-host-fundraiser-august-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3715-scarsdale-democratic-town-committee-to-host-fundraiser-august-23715-scarsdale-democratic-town-committee-to-host-fundraiser-august-2

Leading into a busy fall election season with critical midterm elections at the federal level and equally important races for Governor, Attorney General, State Assembly and State Senate, the Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee is holding its annual summer fundraiser on Thursday, August 2.

The funds raised will go directly to supporting local Democratic candidates and to generating voter interest in upcoming state and federal elections in Westchester County and elsewhere. You do not need to be a registered Democrat to attend or make a donation! The event will take place Thursday, August 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the home of Marianne and Roger Pellegrini at 22 Drake Road in Scarsdale.

As always, the fundraising event is expected to draw a tremendous number of distinguished elected officials, including Congressman Eliot Engel, Assemblymember Amy Paulin, and Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Ben Boykin.

Those who would like to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee Chair Mark Lewis at markannlewis@msn.com to learn more about the suggested contribution levels, including a special student rate.

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timothy.d.foley@gmail.com (Tim Foley) Politics Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:01:23 -0400
Entergy Screenings Under the Stars Brings Free Outdoor Movies to Westchester July 6 and August 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3714-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-6-and-august-103714-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-6-and-august-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3714-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-6-and-august-103714-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-6-and-august-10

Entergy Screenings Under the Stars Brings Free Outdoor Movies to Westchester 

The outdoor summer entertainment kicks off with “Despicable Me 3” at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, on Friday, July 6. The series will continue at Kensico Dam Plaza with “Paddington 2” scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10.

The fun begins at 6:00 pm with food trucks and carnival games from PM Amusements.  The movie starts at sundown.

Admission and parking are free.

Campers welcome (and encouraged!)! Show up in your Camp T-Shirt and the Camp with the most representation wins free Ice Cream from Longford's Ice Cream Truck on site that night! Plus Westchester Talk Radio will schedule a winning visit with special prizes for the campers!

Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic. Refreshments will also be available for sale. In the event of rain, the movie will be canceled.

Entergy Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative.

Thanks to the following businesses for providing additional support:

Entergy

Indian Point Energy Center

Walters Hot Dogs

5 Alarm Pizza

Longford’s Ice Cream Truck

Metro-North Railroad

Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Applebee’s

Inspiria Media

HamletHub

Zaccagnino Electric

Sharc Creative

Metro-North Railroad

100.7 WHUD

107.1 The Peak

Westchester County Parks Foundation

JP McHale Pest Management

Westchester Talk Radio

Questions? Visit Entergy Screenings Under the Stars online here.

Learn more about Entergy Screening Under the Stars on YouTube here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:39:11 -0400
LWVS Candidate Forum https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3707-lwvs-candidate-forum3707-lwvs-candidate-forum https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3707-lwvs-candidate-forum3707-lwvs-candidate-forum

 

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale encourages informed and active participation of Scarsdale citizens in our local government and election process. This year, the Scarsdale School Board election is contested, and the League will host a Candidates Forum on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm in Rutherford Hall of Scarsdale Village Hall, 1001 Post Rd.  The three candidates for the upcoming School Board election, Woodrow Crouch, Pam Fuehrer, and Alison Singer, will be participating in the Candidates Forum.  There are two open School Board seats involved in the election.  Alison Singer is running unopposed for one Board seat, and SBNC candidate Woodrow Crouch and incumbent Pam Fuehrer are running opposed for the other Board seat.

 

We encourage all members of the public to attend the Candidates Forum to hear the candidates discuss issues and answer questions.  Audience members will have an opportunity to contribute questions to be answered by the candidates.  For those who cannot attend, the event will be recorded for playback on Scarsdale Public Access TV and SPTV video on demand.

 

The Scarsdale School Board election and School budget vote will take place on May 15, 2018 from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm at the Middle School Gym.  For more information about the upcoming election, including voter registration and absentee ballot information, please visit the voter services page on the LWVS website at www.lwvs.org.

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (LWVS) Politics Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:15:10 -0400
Healthy Teen Brain Day https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/publicsafety/3703-healthy-teen-brain-day3703-healthy-teen-brain-day https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/publicsafety/3703-healthy-teen-brain-day3703-healthy-teen-brain-day

 

The Scarsdale Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DATF) will be presenting Healthy Teen Brain Day in the Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium on Thursday, April 19th from 2:45 to 6:00 PM.   The DATF invites all students in grades 5 through 12 to participate, with parents also welcome to attend.  A professional docent assisted by DATF high school volunteers will lead students on a tour through a mega inflatable brain.  The docent will discuss the effects of alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and other drugs on brain function and mental, physical, cognitive and social health across the lifespan.  An Escape the Vape Room, fun table activities, “foggles” substance use simulators, free food, information and a gift will be provided.  Food will also be available for purchase to raise funds for a summer development program for DATF youth members.  Clinicians from White Plains Hospital will be present to answer questions and distribute information.  The Scarsdale Police Department will be running a prescription drug take-back event.  At 4:20 PM, elected officials will be issuing a proclamation citing April 19th as Healthy Teen Brain Day in Scarsdale.

A more formal program, including classroom curriculum on brain anatomy, function and development, will be delivered to all seventh grade students in science classes on April 19th and 20th, with tours of the mega brain focusing on substance use prevention. 

 The DATF’s prevention program aims to help youth and parents accurately evaluate the risks of using any substances and develop healthy lifestyle attitudes and behaviors.  The program is co-sponsored by the Scarsdale School District, White Plains Hospital, the Village of Scarsdale Recreation Department, Maroon and White, the Scarsdale Rotary Club, the Scarsdale Police Department and Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling.

The DATF was founded in 1984 and has been continuously active in Scarsdale for nearly 35 years.  It was one of the first community anti-drug and alcohol coalitions in the United States.  Today, the coalition consists of many sectors in the Scarsdale community, including Scarsdale Schools, Village government, healthcare and public health practitioners, youth-serving organizations, faith-based communities, other volunteer organizations, youth, and law enforcement.  Scarsdale Family Counseling Services (SFCS) acts as lead agency and fiscal agent for the DATF.  

For more information, please email info@scarsdaledatf.com.  To donate to the DATF, please visit ScarsdaleDATF.com and click on the Donate button under Contact Us.  

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (The Scarsdale Drug and Alcohol Task Force) Public safety Sun, 08 Apr 2018 05:14:00 -0400
SCARSDALE ROTARY CLUB’s ANNUAL FUNDRAISER ON APRIL 19, 2018 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3702-scarsdale-rotary-club-s-annual-fundraiser-on-april-19-20183702-scarsdale-rotary-club-s-annual-fundraiser-on-april-19-2018 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3702-scarsdale-rotary-club-s-annual-fundraiser-on-april-19-20183702-scarsdale-rotary-club-s-annual-fundraiser-on-april-19-2018

The Scarsdale Rotary Club’s Ninth Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser will take place on Thursday April 19, 2018 at the Scarsdale Golf Club from 6-8:30 PM. A variety of wines from around the world will be provided by Vintology and food sampling stations will be provided by local restaurants: Muscato, Chat, Meritage, Lange’s Deli, Chef Victor of the Scarsdale Golf Club, Ruffled Feathers, Raasa Indian Cuisine and desserts by Martines. The event will feature a live auction of high end items, a raffle of restaurant certificates and a door prize by Wilson and Sons Jewelers.

The Event will support the Scarsdale Rotary Club’s new partnership with the Rotary Clubs of New York City and San Juan to help families who still are living without power or access to clean water in Puerto Rico: a portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase solar lights (some with built-in phone charging stations) and portable high volume water filtration systems.

As in past years, the event will support charitable projects as well as grants to five designated charity partners (The Greenburgh Nature Center; Lakota Children’s Enrichment; Scarsdale & Edgemont Family Counseling Services; The Scarsdale Foundation; and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps), and discretionary grants awarded through an application process. The discretionary grants awarded this year went to the Children’s Aid Wagon Road Camp, Girls Inc. of Westchester, Haiti MaryCare, Hospice of Westchester, The Luke Moretti iPad Program at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Make A Wish of the Hudson Valley, My Sister’s Place, Pace Women’s Justice Center, and the Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol.

To learn more about the Scarsdale Rotary Club, or to purchase a sponsorship and/or tickets to the April 19, 2018 event, please visit the Club’s website at https://scarsdalerotary.org/ 

 

The Scarsdale Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (Scarsdale Rotary Club) Events Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:46:43 -0400
The Scarsdale Procedure Committee Invites Voters to Submit Suggestions to Improve the Non-Partisan System https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3704-the-scarsdale-procedure-committee-invites-voters-to-submit-suggestions-to-improve-the-non-partisan-system3704-the-scarsdale-procedure-committee-invites-voters-to-submit-suggestions-to-improve-the-non-partisan-system https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3704-the-scarsdale-procedure-committee-invites-voters-to-submit-suggestions-to-improve-the-non-partisan-system3704-the-scarsdale-procedure-committee-invites-voters-to-submit-suggestions-to-improve-the-non-partisan-system

The Scarsdale Procedure Committee (PC) announced today that its organizational meeting was held on March 26, 2018 at Village Hall. According to PC Chair Madelaine Eppenstein and Vice Chair Eric Cheng, the Committee is inviting Scarsdale voters to submit their suggestions about how to improve the non-partisan system’s governing document and the Citizen’s Nominating Committee processes:

“The Scarsdale community’s non-partisan system of electing qualified candidates for village office, which has worked well over its long history, is governed by the Non-Partisan Resolution (NPR) – a living document that has been amended 41 times since its adoption, most recently in November 2012. The system establishes a method for selecting a slate of candidates for Mayor (every two years), Trustees (every two years, staggered terms) and Village Justice (every four years). Periodically, the community is asked to consider proposed changes to improve the system by means of one or more amendments to the NPR, which are ultimately submitted to the electorate for a vote. This is one of those pivotal opportunities for the public to weigh in and share their views as part of the review process.”

The Procedure Committee's mandate is to administer the annual non-partisan procedure for the election of voting members of the Citizen's Nominating Committee (CNC) and to publicly explore potential revisions to the NPR. The CNC in turn nominates a slate of non-partisan candidates to run for election to the positions of mayor, trustee and village justice that may be open in any given year. CNC members are elected by their neighbors to vet and select candidates for Village office as part of the non-partisan system.

Up to 23 members of the PC include a chair and vice chair, 10 members who are appointed currently by the president of the Town and Village Civic Club (a 501(c)(4) Village civic organization), 2 representatives designated by the chair of the Confederation of Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents (SNAP), and the most recent retiring class of 10 voting members of the CNC.

According to Procedure Committee chairs Eppenstein and Cheng: “ All comments received from Scarsdale voters and community organizations during the month of April 2018, and any prior recommendations made, will be reviewed by the Procedure Committee during the month of May 2018. By June 1, 2018, the Procedure Committee plans to submit to the community, for public comment, any potential proposals to amend the Non-Partisan Resolution as part of the required 90- day public review period. At the end of this formal public review, the PC will propose amendments that, in the Committee’s judgment, should be presented to the electorate for a vote in the CNC election on November 13, 2018. The entire procedure for the amendment of the Non-Partisan Resolution is contained in Article IX of the NPR at http://www.scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org/formsHome.php?parent=8

The members of the 2018 Procedure Committee are: Charles Baltman; Sarah Bell; David Dembitzer; Eric Cheng; Madelaine Eppenstein; Timothy Foley; Jeff Goodwin; Mayra Kirkendall-Rodríguez; Eli Mattioli; David Peck; Richard Pinto; Pam Rubin; Greg Soldatenko; Jill Spielberg; Eve Steinberg; Nancy Steinberg; Michelle Sterling; and Bruce Wells. For more information visit the Procedure Committee website at http://www.scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org/

 

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (The Scarsdale Procedure Committee) Politics Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:30:08 -0400
Scarsdale Recreation Camp Information https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/places/3701-scarsdale-recreation-camp-information3701-scarsdale-recreation-camp-information https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/places/3701-scarsdale-recreation-camp-information3701-scarsdale-recreation-camp-information

Scarsdale Recreation Summer Day Camp

Village Hall — Parks and Recreation

1001 Post Road

Scarsdale, NY 10583

(914) 722-1160

Director: Jim Andreski

recreation@scarsdale.com

www.scarsdale.com/campcentral 

Philosophy: We provide a wide variety of recreational and educational programs for all campers. Camp open to Scarsdale residents only. 

Enrollment: Approximately 900 campers grades K-8

Camper-counselor ratio: Kindergarten, 6:1; first grade, 6:1; second grade, 8:1; third-eighth grade starts at 8:1 and goes up to 12:1

Calendar: Monday, July 2-Friday, Aug. 3

Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Transportation: Provided from each elementary school, Scarsdale High School, George Field Park, Kids’ BASE and Scarsdale Pool.

Fees: Early bird fee by signing up by April. Full-day season $995. Weekly options also available.

Special programs/other: Combination camp: campers in third-eighth grades can choose soccer or sports camp in the morning and regular day camp in the afternoon (separate fee). Specialty elective programs will be offered during the season for third-eighth-graders (additional fee).

 

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (Scarsdale Parks and Recreation) Places Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:50:32 -0400
Thank You, Scarsdale https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3699-thank-you-scarsdale3699-thank-you-scarsdale https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3699-thank-you-scarsdale3699-thank-you-scarsdale

We want to start with the most important words we can say:  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Scarsdale.

As volunteers ourselves, we appreciate that Scarsdale’s strength is the depth of commitment and generosity of so many residents who give freely of their labor, time, and expertise to make our community better.  

For the second year in a row, Scarsdale voters came out in large numbers to cast their vote in a Village election.  Over many weeks, volunteers for all four candidates passionately urged their friends and neighbors to execute the most important responsibility of citizens — to show up, participate, and be counted.  We believe the hours spent on the phones, on social media, debating on Letters to the Editor pages, participating in or attending the League of Women Voters forum, knocking on doors, shaking hands at train stations, and distributing palm cards demonstrates a level of engagement that we plan to carry over as we shift from the excitement of campaigning to the thoughtful work of governing.

Alongside our deep gratitude, we're also humbled by the responsibilities that come with such robust support.  When we stood before the 30 elected volunteers of the Citizens Nominating Committee, representing a diverse cross-section of our community, we knew what would be expected of us. We know that we are the latest in a long tradition of volunteer public servants who have come through the non-partisan system.  Our Village has a long track record of elections that have been free from the corrupting influence of money, special interests, and acrimonious partisanship. We are the envy of neighboring municipalities due to our emphasis on character, judgment, and good government.  It will be up to us to continue to prove the wisdom of our unique system through our actions as Trustees. We take this responsibility seriously, and we are honored to serve.

With gratitude and hope,

Justin, Lena and Jane

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (Justin Arest, Lena Crandall and Jane Veron) Politics Sun, 25 Mar 2018 05:11:29 -0400
PT Council Statement re 2018-19 Draft School Budget https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3696-pt-council-statement-re-2018-19-draft-school-budget3696-pt-council-statement-re-2018-19-draft-school-budget https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3696-pt-council-statement-re-2018-19-draft-school-budget3696-pt-council-statement-re-2018-19-draft-school-budget

The PT Council Executive Committee and the PTC Budget Study Chairs would like to express our gratitude to the District Administration and the Board of Education for all your time and energy this past year, especially for your extensive work around our most recent bond, securing a better future for our District. We also thank you for your continued efforts in making the budget process more collaborative and for taking steps to encourage more active engagement and dialogue though we would like to see improvement on the timeliness of community outreach efforts and the posting of the detailed agendas at least a few days prior to the Monday Board meetings. Overall, we support the 2018-19 draft budget proposal and have the following comments:

We appreciate the administration’s very conscious effort in drafting a budget that is mindful of the constraints and uncertainty that our community faces with the new federal tax legislation. However, we do support budgetary increases for items that reflect the needs of our District and community. At the final budget study session, the Administration presented the Board with a post-draft budget book request for an additional $250K for security, introduced in the wake of the Parkland tragedy, with half of that money allocated to unspecified infrastructure expenditures and the other half to the creation of a Director of Security full-time consultant position.

We support the proposed addition of a consultant position that focuses on security but we ask that this candidate also be responsible for prioritizing safety concerns, which may occasionally be at odds with school building security. We recognize that security enhancements and restrictions may also bring unintended consequences that likewise impact our children’s overall well-being. For example, physical barriers intended to limit entrance into school buildings may likewise slow down or impede mass exodus in the event of higher incidence events such as a fire evacuation.

Challenging as it may be to find the right balance between safety and security, we need those two realms to work in concert with each other. With the additional funds to implement some of Altaris’s recommendations, we trust that the District and Board will be proactive rather than reactive or reactionary, will solicit input from all affected parties before implementing new protocols, and will promote the adoption of changes to staff, parent, and student behaviors and patterns that will improve the security and safety of our schools so that our students can continue to learn in a nurturing and open environment.

We hope that the full time Director of Safety and Security can also offer some new ideas and concepts on changing how transportation and traffic is handled at our schools. For years, transportation, parking, and traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal times have been a prevailing problem in our District. Parents have asked to broaden the eligibility of District bus transportation and to reroute traffic to increase efficiency during high-traffic volume timeframes. Other school districts have implemented universal busing, staggered arrival and dismissal times, and increased pedestrian walkways and bike paths, but we have yet to find a solution to issues surrounding traffic in our school neighborhoods. We hope the District Administration and Board can offer parents some new concrete ideas in the near future and give thoughtful consideration to this persistent safety concern.

The Butler Field and the Fox Meadow Elementary School playground renovations are plant improvement projects in this year’s budget that also have safety implications. In last week’s budget forum meeting, two community members expressed deep concern about synthetic turf and rubber crumb fields. We hope that the District Administration and Board will make every effort to make the most informed and data-driven decision about what type of materials will be used to replace the existing field. Fox Meadow parents have also raised concerns about using the circular driveway in the front entrance as a play area during recess when the upper playground is unable to be cleared of snow; we support renovating the existing upper level playground area as to render this arrangement unnecessary.

Recognizing that air cooling and/or conditioning was not addressed in the 2018 School Bond Referendum, the PT Council Executive Committee and Budget Study Chairs are looking forward to hearing what the future plans and timeline may be for improving air circulation, repairing and/or replacing air conditioning units where they exist, and addressing temperatures in student spaces that currently do not have air conditioning, from both an environmental and budgetary perspective. As indicated in the building-level committee reports generated in 2015-16 during the initial phases of development of the 2018 Bond, many of the building-level committees have prioritized this issue, particularly for those classrooms that are most impacted by sun and heat in the beginning and end of the school year. We ask for continued attention to this matter as well as expanded communication efforts to gauge community support for funding any proposed solutions in a fiscally responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.

The PT Council Executive Committee and PTC Budget Study Chairs also look forward to hearing additional future facilities plans and projected upfront costs that may result in long-term savings, such as solar panels for the roofs. We support the referral of those discussions to the District sustainability committee for further development and analysis. As stated previously with regard to the 2018 Bond, we agree that the question of whether to fund such projects with an energy performance bond or through some other mechanism merits further inquiry. We encourage the District to continue building-level and district-wide discussions designed to determine whether and how to address any of the remaining items that have been identified as building-level or community facilities priorities. As the Board has previously suggested, the district has a long “wish list” of facilities and other projects -- not all of which may be appropriate for a public school district to undertake at taxpayer expense. We would like to see a detailed timeline and cost estimate of those long-term facilities projects that were not addressed in the 2018 Bond or next year’s budget. Those wish lists need to be assessed and prioritized in a comprehensive manner for their relative importance and impact. For example, and in no particular order, we recognize that the following facilities projects have been raised at various times: air conditioning, the A-School and CHOICE buildings, the need for large group multipurpose space at SMS, the utility of constructing bathrooms at SMS that would be accessible to students practicing on the field, learning resource center and administration room renovations at SHS, fitness center expansion at SMS, the need for spaces in the elementary schools that can accommodate collaboration between classrooms and co-taught or bridge classes, and replacing classroom casements and storage units with solutions that are portable and adaptable to different needs. Further community education and engagement are appropriate to determine how to prioritize, further explore, incorporate, or eliminate those items from the district’s future plans. Next year, though the arrangements may be budget neutral, our District will be assuming full responsibility for school lunch programs, including food transportation and other logistics, in Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres, and Heathcote, while continuing to provide school lunch at SHS, SMS, and Quaker Ridge. We understand that the District has assessed the capacities of the existing kitchens and cafeterias at SHS, SMS, and Quaker Ridge and has determined that the District will be able to implement food service next year at all seven schools without the need for any significant facilities work or budgetary additions -- despite the fact that four elementary schools do not currently have kitchens or cafeterias. Our hope is that the District Administration and Board increase their attention to gathering feedback from the maintenance and facilities teams in each of the schools and from the student body and parents, as appropriate, to make this transition smooth and operational.

The PT Council Executive Committee and the Budget Study Chairs would appreciate continued support around improving nutritional offerings, food quality, and choice while also focusing on efforts to address issues of long lines/wait times, shortages of popular menu items, and implementation of online pre-ordering systems for students in all seven schools.

Thank you in advance for taking our comments and feedback into consideration and for being open and willing to hear our suggestions. We thank this Administration and Board again for your remarkable 2 dedication and time in ensuring that our children continue to learn in a district that is at the forefront of educational excellence and innovation and for always raising the bar in securing a brighter tomorrow for our children.

Sincerely,

The 2017-18 PT Council Budget Study Co-Chairs:

Susan Lee Foley

Wendy Huo

and

The 2017-18 PT Council Executive Committee:

Diane E. Baylor, PT Council President

Amber Yusuf, PT Council Vice President

Isabel Finegold, PT Council Secretary

Dana Matsushita, PT Council Treasurer

Beth Zadek, Scarsdale High School PTA President

Olga Eligulashvili, Scarsdale Middle School PTA President

Samantha Carter and Sara Farnsworth, Edgewood PTA Co-Presidents

Aidan Cassidy, Fox Meadow PTA President

Megan Simon, Greenacres PTA President

Gina Waldman, Heathcote PTA President

Suzie Hahn Pascutti, Quaker Ridge PTA President

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (PT Council) Politics Sat, 24 Mar 2018 05:51:00 -0400
Library Capital Campaign Hits $7 Million Mark; Three Donors Offer a Matching Challenge to the Community https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/places/3697-library-capital-campaign-hits-7-million-mark-three-donors-offer-a-matching-challenge-to-the-community3697-library-capital-campaign-hits-7-million-mark-three-donors-offer-a-matching-challenge-to-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/places/3697-library-capital-campaign-hits-7-million-mark-three-donors-offer-a-matching-challenge-to-the-community3697-library-capital-campaign-hits-7-million-mark-three-donors-offer-a-matching-challenge-to-the-community

The fundraising campaign for the transformation of the Scarsdale Public Library has moved past the $7 million mark and received a major injection of support from three donors who will match every dollar now raised to reach and exceed the $7.5 million goal.

            “Community response to the campaign has been exhilarating,” said Dara Gruenberg, Campaign for Excellence Co-Chair. “As we push toward the finish line, we have the added support of this Challenge Match from generous donors who want to motivate the community to reach our goal as quickly as possible.”

Gruenberg said the Campaign Committee is aiming to maximize community participation. “If you haven’t contributed or you’ve already contributed, every new donation will be matched, dollar for dollar doubling your impact.” 

As part of a funding agreement with the Village of Scarsdale, the library agreed to raise $7.5 million in private funds, and the village will contribute $9.9 million of public funds. 

            The Challenge Match is retroactive to gifts made from March 10. 

            Elizabeth Bermel, Library Director, reported that the project to transform the library is on schedule with construction bidding underway.

"Our thanks go to the dedicated Campaign Committee and our donors for reaching this milestone in the Campaign for Excellence,” said Library Board President Diane Greenwald. “The Library Board is deeply grateful to all for their tireless volunteer efforts and generosity.”

The Scarsdale Library project follows years of careful planning. The renewed, expanded building will add public spaces and services found in the best libraries, state-of-the-art technology, multiple conference and meeting rooms, an enlarged children's area, a business center, a maker space, a teen zone, and a café making the Library a gathering place for the entire community.  Please visit http://scarsdalelibrary.org/campaign/ to make a contribution. 

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (Scarsdale Public Library) Places Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:57:33 -0400
Scarsdale PT Council Sports and Formals Swap https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3695-scarsdale-pt-council-sports-and-formals-swap3695-scarsdale-pt-council-sports-and-formals-swap https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3695-scarsdale-pt-council-sports-and-formals-swap3695-scarsdale-pt-council-sports-and-formals-swap

The annual PT Council Sports and Formal Swap returns this year on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10am to 12pm at Scarsdale Middle School!  The best deals on sports equipment and dressy clothing for youngsters will be coming soon to Scarsdale Middle School -- please note the change in location from the past few years.

PT Council will be accepting gently used sports equipment (no skis), musical instruments, and youth formal wear.  This event is a great spring cleaning chance to rid your basements, attics, and garages of all those outgrown bicycles, baseball and softball bats, tennis rackets, and lacrosse and field hockey sticks.  Clear your closets of fancy apparel that no longer fit your growing children.

Merchandise drop off will be at Scarsdale Middle School, 134 Mamaroneck Road, from 5 to 7pm on Friday, March 23, 2018, and from 8 to 9:45am on Saturday, March 24, 2018 (before the Swap opens to shoppers).

Donors may obtain a receipt for tax purposes.  All proceeds support the Scarsdale Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, the 501(c)(3) umbrella organization over all seven Scarsdale PTA units.  PT Council informs and advises the PTAs as they fulfill their mission of promoting the welfare of their students.


If you have questions about this event, please send email to ScarsdalePTCouncil@gmail.com with “Sports Swap” in the subject line.

 

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lbmtexas9@gmail.com (Scarsdale PTC) Neighbors Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:40:03 -0400