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Forum Focus
September 2018

Message to Our Membership
September brings increasing activity in Scarsdale Village as we enjoy the last days of summer. The Scarsdale Forum looks forward to a productive and engaging year, and hopes that all who wish to participate in our work do so at whatever level they choose, and to the extent their family and work lives permit. 

For your reference, an updated 2018-2019 Scarsdale Forum calendar is available here so you may review our upcoming events and activities. We look forward to seeing our members, old and new, during the course of the year.

Jon Mark

Committee Updates
Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale

The Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale Committee is looking closely at the village budget to identify areas of potential savings and develop out-of-the-box ideas that warrant further study. The group is interested in hearing members' feedback on how our village might function more efficiently, including input on those services that, perhaps, might be modified, reduced or eliminated.

Contact chair Steve Pass ( smpass@gmail.com ) if you wish to participate in the committee's discussions.


The Scarsdale Forum will host an information booth at the annual Scarsdale Youth Sports Jamboree on Saturday, September 8, at Crossway Field, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come by to learn more about our committees, collect membership information for your friends and neighbors, or just say hello. For more information about the jamboree, see the "Community Events" section (below).

If you're interested in receiving more information about our membership efforts, email committee co-chairs Tim Foley ( timothy.d.foley@gmail.com ) and Bruce Wells ( brucekwells@gmail.com ).

Municipal Services

The chairs of the Municipal Services and Sustainability Committees have been working diligently on a draft report on the use of pesticides throughout Scarsdale. They plan to release the draft to committee members for review in the coming weeks.

For more details, contact Municipal Services Committee Chair Madelaine Eppenstein ( meppenstein@eppenstein.com )

A Bierstadt Autumn View
 The Program Committee is pleased to announce that distinguished art historian Annette Blaugrund will discuss the art of Albert Bierstadt as part of its Sunday Speaker Series. Her talk, "Albert Bierstadt’s New York Studios, Stereography, and Paintings of the Northeast," will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 pm at the Scarsdale Woman's Club. Save the date for this special presentation, based on the well-received exhibition,  Albert Bierstadt in New York and New England , that Dr. Blaugrund guest curated for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York in 2013. An overview of that exhibition can be read by clicking here .

Dr. Blaugrund has published and lectured widely on diverse subjects in American art and culture. She was the director of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts for 10 years and, before that, served as the Andrew W. Mellon senior curator at the New York Historical Society. She has written 16 books about American art, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy, and was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, among other honors. Dr. Blaugrund currently writes art catalogues, lectures, and consults with museums and foundations across the country.

For more information about this event, contact either of the committee co-chairs, David Irwin ( dirwin0513@gmail.com ) or Dara Gruenberg ( dara513@gmail.com ).

Community Events
Outdoor Movie Night
Friends of Scarsdale Library to Host Free Movie Night

The Friends of the Scarsdale Library is hosting a community movie night at Crossway Field on Friday, September 7 , at 7:30 pm. Dinner and dessert may be purchased from food trucks onsite, beginning at 6:30 pm, and Back to the Future will be shown at 7:30 pm.

Admission to the movie is free, and popcorn, blankets and frisbees will be offered for sale. In addition, children will be able to participate in lawn games prior to the start of the movie. 

Village to Host Annual Youth Sports Jamboree

The Scarsdale Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation is hosting its fifth annual Youth Sports Jamboree on Saturday, September 8 , from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Crossway Field. In conjunction with independent sports organizations and neighborhood athletic associations, recreation department staff will educate residents about the wide variety of youth sports options available in Scarsdale.

The event will feature a number of sports and game options for attendees of all ages, as well as music, food, large inflatable amusements and giveaways.

PT Council Scarsdale Communit y Calendar Published

The PT Council Scarsdale Community Calendar has been published and distributed to all households in the village. A digital version also is available online via the PTC webpage on the Scarsdale School District's website.

Procedure Committee Seeks Candidates for Citizens' Nominating Committee

The Scarsdale Procedure Committee currently is seeking residents to run for a position on the Citizens' Nominating Committee (CNC).

The CNC is the caucus of the Scarsdale Citizens' Non-Partisan Party that will select a slate of candidates to run in the March 2019 Scarsdale Village General Election. This year, the CNC will select candidates for mayor, three village trustee positions and village justice.

Specifically, the procedure committee, governed by the non-partisan resolution, invites individuals to represent the Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres and Quaker Ridge election districts. If you are interested in running, visit the Scarsdale Procedure Committee's website for more information and to obtain relevant forms. Candidates must submit an application, a nominating petition signed by 10 registered Scarsdale voters, and a brief bio. The deadline for submitting the information is Sunday, September 30 .

Please note that the Scarsdale Procedure Committee is 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. 

Forum Focus generally is distributed to Scarsdale Forum members in the first week of each month. Story ideas should be sent to communications@scarsdaleforum.com one week prior to be included in the coming issue.

Media Contact/Communications Chair
Tim Foley 

Forum Focus Editor
Laura Halligan