October 2021

Message to Our Membership
Dear Members,

On behalf of the Forum's dedicated and inspired officers and directors, I extend to all members my very best wishes for a joyous autumn, a time to savor brightly colored foliage in anticipation of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Holiday Season. Members can also look forward to the start of the Forum’s 2021-22 Sunday Speaker Series, for which the Program Committee has planned many interesting, informative and thought-provoking presentations. The season kicks off this week at our public Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 7, 2021, when our trailblazing NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will address Members on state legislative developments of importance to local residents and others across the Empire State. We hope to see you at the October 7 meeting and our other upcoming events.
Eli Mattioli,
Notes from the Board of Directors
Scarsdale Forum committee chairs and co-chairs invite you to join us as we tackle the subjects described in more detail below in the Committee Update section. Members may consider joining any one, several or all Scarsdale Forum committees listed on the website. No prior experience with the subject matter is required, so Join here.

Note Village Board Work Session at Village Hall, Tuesday October 5, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 PM of interest to several committees: Re new Village Center Complete Streets RFP – Strategic Mobility and Placemaking Plan. Members of the public wishing to participate in the meeting can do so at Village Hall or via Zoom at, or call into the meeting using 1-929-436-2866 and entering the Meeting ID 931 8370 3358. Use ID also for Zoom login.

PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES: venue and/or virtual login to be announced, including registration for public membership meetings and events. Look for updates soon!

The next Membership Meeting, STATE OF THE STATE, featuring Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senate Majority Leader, is scheduled for this Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm in the Library Scott Room. Members will be voting on the Report on "Whether Scarsdale Should Opt Out of Public Cannabis Retail Dispensaries and/or On-Site Adult Consumption Establishments." In-person attendance requires wearing a mask at the Library. You may choose instead to attend virtually via Zoom by registering HERE.

The next Sunday Speaker Series event co-sponsored by the Scarsdale Library is scheduled for Sunday, November 7 , 2021 at 3:00 pm, featuring Scarsdale resident Sandor Frankel, author of "The Accidental Philanthropist," about how he became one of the trustees of billionaire Leona Helmsley's wealth held in a charitable trust after her death.

The next Forum Board Meeting (Board members only) is scheduled on Zoom for Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm.

Downtown Scarsdale Village
Downtown Revitalization

The Downtown Revitalization Committee continues its focus on ways to make the Village Center a welcoming destination to shop, dine, and meet with friends and neighbors by supporting art, entertainment, and meaningful events for residents, among other initiatives. Currently members are studying parking issues in the context of "complete streets" and improvements for Chase Park. Members typically convene monthly. Please contact Chair Susan Douglass,

The Education Committee continues work on major topics that have emerged over the last several years, including Civics Education on Election Issues, and Media Literacy, Disinformation and Critical Thinking in Relation to Civic Participation. Please Contact Chair Barry Meiselman,

The Recreation Committee is initiating study on the condition of the playing fields, the Pool Complex, and bicyclist safety, among other recreation issues of importance to the community. Please contact Chair Jeremy Gans,
Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale

The Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale Committee continues its focus on Village budget issues. Please contact Chair Anne Hintermeister,
Municipal Services

Municipal Services members look forward to participating in Village Board Work Sessions that will engage the community on the critically important recommendations made in the recent joint Forum committee Report on "Whether Scarsdale Should Opt Out of Public Cannabis Retail Dispensaries and/or On-Site Adult Consumption Establishments"; Report on "Gas Leaf Blowers, Leaf Vacuuming, and Leaf Mulching,"; and in the most recent Municipal Services Report on traffic safety and implementation of complete streets and safe routes to schools policy and design. Please contact Chair Madelaine Eppenstein,

Members plan on continuing advocacy with Municipal Services and Climate Resilience members for more sustainable landscaping practices of mower mulching leaves, grass cycling in place, the elimination of Village leaf vacuuming, and reduced use of toxic pesticides. Contact Sustainability Chair Darlene LeFrancois Haber,
Zoning and Planning

The Zoning and Planning Committee is planning to meet to discuss zoning issues generally and in the context of future development. Anyone interested in chairing the committee should contact President Eli Mattioli,
Community Events, News & Resources
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HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE AND FUN EVENT: The Parks, Recreation and Conservation costume parade will be held on Friday, October 29 starting and ending at Chase Park. Special entertainment 3:30 PM by Hoff-Barthelson musicians and refreshments will be provided. Prior registration is not required. The parade line-up will begin at 4:00 PM. The parade will start at 4:15 PM. Call PRC at 722-1160 for more information.
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Dine and Shop the 'DALE

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 open to all Scarsdale and Mamaroneck Strip residents, regardless of citizenship status. 

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

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Media Contact
Madelaine Eppenstein