Forum Focus
April 2019

Message to Our Membership
Spring has arrived in Scarsdale. The well-attended March 24 screening of A River Returns: A History of the Bronx River was a fitting reminder of the history and beauty that are integral parts our community. The warmer weather is a welcome opportunity to take a stroll, a jog, or a bike ride along the Bronx River (pictured above), and enjoy the outdoor space preserved as the Bronx River Parkway Reservation. As we move through this season of renewal and hope, we encourage you to observe everything coming back to life and reflect on how fortunate we are to live in this village. Best wishes to all our members at this time of new beginnings.

Jon Mark

Upcoming Events
April Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Scarsdale Forum board is scheduled for Thursday,
April 11 at 8:00 pm. It will be held in the third floor meeting room at
Scarsdale Village Hall.

Committee Updates

In accordance with the Scarsdale Forum's bylaws, the Nominating Committee has presented nominees for the offices of vice president (who becomes president in the following year), treasurer, secretary, and three directors at large. Forum members will vote on these nominations on Thursday, May 16 at the annual membership meeting. Generally, the committee seeks to find candidates with a willingness and ability to serve, collaborate with others, and encourage and welcome diverse opinions on issues relevant to the Scarsdale community; as well as integrity, ethics, diplomacy, and open-mindedness. This year's nominees are:

  • Directors at Large (three-year term): Diane Greenwald, Dara Gruenberg, and Matthew Martin;
  • Secretary: Richard Pinto;
  • Treasurer: Randy Guggenheimer; and
  • Vice President/President Elect for 2020-2021: Madelaine Eppenstein.

The Nominating Committee extends its thanks to these nominees who have volunteered to serve our membership. Nominating Committee Chair ML Perlman also acknowledges the work of committee members Liz Guggenheimer, Michelle Lichtenberg, Eli Mattioli, and Carlos Ramirez and thanks them for their contributions. Please note that Liz Guggenheimer, the spouse of Randy Guggenheimer, abstained from making a recommendation for Scarsdale Forum treasurer.

Contact ML Perlman ( for more information.

  Community Events
Scarsdale Bowl Dinner

On Wednesday, April 10 , the Scarsdale Foundation will honor resident Jill Spieler at the annual Scarsdale Bowl Dinner. Jill is a long-time volunteer in the village and, among her many efforts, served as president of the Scarsdale Forum in 2004.

The dinner will be held at Mulino's at Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Road in Eastchester, beginning with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $95 per person. To make a reservation, visit the Scarsdale Foundation website .

The Scarsdale Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes civic welfare in the community of Scarsdale. It is independent from, and not affiliated with, the Scarsdale Forum.

Weinberg Nature Center Open House

On Friday, April 12, the Weinberg Nature Center will host an open house from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. All residents are invited to meet the center's new naturalist, Sam Weinstock, and enjoy live music and animal presentations. The event also will feature an open discussion on how to improve the center and its programs.

The event is free, but registration is requested. If you are interested in attending, reserve your space via the Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department's "Activities and Special Events" webpage on (select "Weinberg Nature Center" in top menu).

Community Planting Day

On Saturday, April 27, join your neighbors and nature lovers in celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day, and work to restore the Harwood Park wetland at 56 Olmstead Road. Individuals, families, youth groups, civic groups, and businesses are welcome to take part in the village's fifth annual Community Planting Day and contribute to efforts to conserve our natural environment.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. You may sign up in person at the Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department office or online via the "Activities and Special Events" webpage on

Scarsdale Foundation Scholarship Application Process Now Open

Students who are graduating from Scarsdale High School; as well as those who lived in Scarsdale during high school, and have completed their first, second, or third year of college, are invited to apply to the Scarsdale Foundation for tuition assistance. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the foundation awarded need-based grants totaling $130,500 to students attending private and state-supported colleges and universities.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year should be submitted online via the Scarsdale Foundation website no later than Monday, June 3

For more information, contact Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Anne Lyons or BK Munguia at . Please note "Scarsdale Foundation Scholarship Inquiry" in the subject line of your email. As noted above, t he Scarsdale Foundation is independent from, and not affiliated with, the Scarsdale Forum.

 Scarsdale Forum Inc.

Scarsdale Forum Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to community education through discussion and analysis of issues relevant to Scarsdale residents. Since 1904, it has contributed meaningfully to village affairs through written reports, public speaker events and committee discussions. Membership is available to all Scarsdale and Mamaroneck Strip residents, regardless of citizenship status. 

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