SCARSDALE, N.Y. The roads were jammed, the parking meters were covered and Scarsdale Village was teeming with people Thursday as the Christmas countdown heads for the finish line. With just three shopping days to go, the village suspended charges for parking at all 90-minute meters, and merchants threw open their dooors many of them until 8:30 p.m. to accommodate the rush.
But not everyone in the village Thursday afternon was there for Christmas shopping. Marilyn Weingartner of Heathcote said she was suppposed to be working but was taking a break to enjoy the relatively balmy first day of winter weather.
"The weather's great," she said while sipping coffeee as the mercury climbed into the mid-50s. She took note of the freee parking, but said, "It's not a good area to find a parking space unless you want to walk awhile."
Sandy Ballan of Scarsdale said she and her daughter, Jamie, were doing "last minute stuff" for the holidays. They don't celebrate Christmas, but found the free parking to be a nice holiday gift. Mom was in the village to pick her daughter, who had been visiting a friend in New York City.
Bob Way of Scarsdale was doing some last minute Christmas shoppping, something he didn't expect to be doing until recently, when he was riding his bike and was struck by a car.
"I'm not even suppposed to be out here," he said. "I've got a broken pelvis. I'm supposed to be home in bed. I wasn't going to be here for Christmas, but I figured since I am, I ought to do some shopping."
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