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Adults, Teens Compete In Scarsdale Library Spelling Bee

A spelling bee will be held at Scarsdale Public Library on Friday, Jan. 23.
A spelling bee will be held at Scarsdale Public Library on Friday, Jan. 23. Photo Credit: Facebook/Scarsdale Public Library

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The fifth annual Friends of the Scarsdale Library Adult and Teen Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, Jan. 23 at Scarsdale High School.

The spelling bee will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the school auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Veteran teams will compete against novices, adults will compete against teens, and library trustees will compete against patrons. In a new high point of town-school relations, a team consisting of Schools Superintendent  Thomas Hagerman, Board of Education Trustee Chris Morin, and Scarsdale Teachers Association President David Wixted will compete in support of the library

Silent auction items include an eight-week TestTakers SAT prep course valued at $295, and a Painter for a Day, donated by A.G. Williams Painting Company, Inc., and valued at $600. Raffle prizes include fitness classes at FlyWheel, I Train with Juan, FlyBarre, and Pole Position Dance and Fitness, baskets of children’s games, a spa basket (Rachele Rose Day Spa), shampoo, cut and style, a wool Indian Kashmiri shawl, and more.

Admission is $5, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Audience members will be entertained by trivia quizzes served up between rounds.

Ed Coleman, the voice of the New York Mets, will once again be master of ceremonies. Judges include Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, and Spelling Bee committee member Margaret Smith.

Proceeds from the 2014 Spelling Bee will be used to fund a high-level speaker series, bringing quality programming to Scarsdale and making the library the intellectual hub of the community.

People and groups interested in sponsoring the spelling bee should contact Renu Lalwani at 917-584-8834 or, or Carolyn Mehta at 914-584-5903or

In addition, anyone can become a "Friend of the Bee" by making a donation of any amount. A donation form is available at the Library’s website,

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