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Bicycle Sundays on Bronx River Parkway to Begin in May PDF Print Email


By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender, for Westchester Parks Foundation

May 1, 2019:  Westchester Parks Foundation and Westchester County Parks announced the dates for its 45th Annual Bicycle Sundays 2019 season. The program kicks off on May 5 and continues on Sundays in May, June, and September, except Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. During this annual event, bicyclists, skaters, joggers, and walkers take over 6.5 miles of the Bronx River Parkway. The program is supported fully through generous donations from Con Edison and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, along with the official bike shop sponsor Danny’s Cycles.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Bicycle Sundays has become part of the fabric of Westchester County over the last four and a half decades. Times change, fads come and go, technology marches ahead, but there is just something timeless about enjoying a jaunt out on our beautiful Bronx River Parkway. I am grateful for the generosity of our partners who make this one-of-a-kind program possible.”

Joanne Fernandez, chairperson of Westchester Parks Foundation, said: “Bicycle Sundays is one of the most iconic events in Westchester and we are thrilled to be able to offer this event for free to all residents. It not only promotes healthy lifestyles but also the importance of environmental preservation for generations to come. We are grateful to Con Edison and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital for their generous support and commitment to parks and open space.”

Bicycle Sundays runs through ten municipalities and five legislative districts that include White Plains, Hartsdale, Greenburgh, Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Yonkers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in White Plains south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a roundtrip of 13.1 miles. There are many points of entry and exit along the way. The event is free to the public. Parking is available at the Westchester County Center lot in White Plains for a fee of $15.

Residents and visitors can enjoy Bicycle Sundays this year on the following dates between 10:09 am and 2:00 pm:

  • May 5, 12, 19

  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • Sept 8, 15, 22, 29

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will host a special celebration on Sunday, May 19, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the rest stop between Harney Road and Leewood Drive (Exits 10 and 9) on the northbound lane of the Bronx River Parkway.

Bicycle Sundays has been a beloved Westchester tradition since 1974. Since 2012, this program has been funded solely by Westchester Parks Foundation and its partners. No public funding goes toward keeping this program going. Each year, more than 60,000 thousand cyclists, joggers, and others come out to enjoy the curves and wooded scenery that make the nation’s first parkway a national historic landmark. The path winds alongside the wooded Bronx River Reservation.

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Photo courtesy Westchester Parks Foundation 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.
Martial Arts Come to Bronxville PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Apr. 10, 2019:  Hong Ik Martial Arts has chosen Bronxville as its fifth location, having opened in January at 45 Kraft Avenue, adjacent to the Kraft Avenue parking lot. The school specializes in teaching Korean traditional martial arts.

The first Hong Ik Martial Arts was established in 1997 in Tarrytown by Grand Master Yoo, a Korean native who holds a 7th-degree black belt in tae kwon do, a 4th-degree black belt in hapkido, a 4th-degree black belt in kum ye do (swordsmanship), and a 3rd-degree black belt in judo. Other locations followed in New Rochelle and New Jersey. The Bronxville facility is run primarily by Master Seungmin Oh, who holds a 5th-degree black belt in tae kwon do and was a member of the Korean National Tae Kwon Do Demonstration Team.

While the physical activity of martial arts is widely regarded as a beneficial form of exercise, Master Yoo touts the practice’s benefits to mental and spiritual health as well. Martial arts reinforce basic principles such as respect, humility, and self-control and help foster skills such as conflict resolution, concentration, and focus.

Bronxville was chosen as the newest location to tap into the demographics of both families and retirees. Master Yoo noted that senior citizens have become increasingly active and that martial arts training is also particularly beneficial to children on the autism spectrum.

In addition to offering classes for both children and adults, the school hosts 90-minute birthday parties, as well as camp days, which feature an intensive combination of tae kwon do, hapkido, judo, nunchucks, board-breaking, and sword-training and conclude with quiet meditation and reflection. These six-hour camp days are tailored to children, adults, or mixed ages.

Weekly classes are divided by age groups: pee-wee (ages 4-6), children (ages 7-12), teen (ages 13-17), and adult. Several family classes are also offered, allowing multiple generations to study together in the same session. The current class schedule features four classes per day plus private sessions. The school is open Monday through Saturday. Master Yoo teaches on Mondays, and Master Oh the other days.

Introductory trial rates are available, as noted on the Hong Ik website. Several packages are available, priced at $81.

Pictured here: Hong Ik Martial Arts.

Photo by S. Miele
Bronxville Squash Players Take #1, #2, and #4 Spots at the U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships PDF Print Email


By Staff 

Apr. 10, 2019:  This past weekend, nine Bronxville junior squash players participated in the U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championship, which was held at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut, and MSQUASH Accelerator in Portchester, New York.  

These players were Pippa Fraser (Girls Under 19), Ellie Clifford, Claudia El-Masry, and Katie Hennessy (Girls Under 15), Charlie Clifford, Ronin Kaplan, Ben Korengold, and Rustin Wiser (Boys Under 15), and James Murphy (Boys Under 13).  

James Murphy turned in a tremendous performance, winning the Boys Under 13 Division. James came into the tournament as the #3 seed and upset the #2 seed in a hard-fought five-game match in the semifinals. He then prevailed in another five-game match in the finals against Charlie Mullin of Cincinnati, Ohio, to win the tournament.  

Ronin Kaplan also had an amazing performance, placing second in the Boys Under 15 Division. Ronin entered the tournament as the #7 seed and fought off two match points in his semifinals match against #3 seed Evan Wen of Short Hills, New Jersey, to prevail 15-13 in the fifth game and advance to the finals, where he finished second.

Pippa Fraser finished #4 in the Girls under 19 Division. This is particularly impressive given that Fraser came in unseeded and took out the #6 and #3 seeds in three games before falling to the #2 seed in the semifinals and ultimately taking fourth place.

Rustin Wiser finished 7/8 in the Boys under 15 Division and Ellie Clifford finished #9 in the Girls under 15 Division. Katie Hennessy finished in the Top 16 of the Girls under 15 Division, as did Charlie Clifford in the Boys under 15 Division. Claudia El-Masry finished in the Top 25 of the Girls Under 15 Division.  

Ben Korengold took home the “most improved honorable mention” award in the Boys Under 15 division for improving his ranking by over 85 places over the course of the squash season.



Pictured here (in descending order): Top (rotating): James Murphy and Ronin Kaplan; second (rotating): Ellie Clifford (L) and Claudia El-Masry, Katie Hennessy; third: Charlie Clifford (L) and Rustin Wiser; fourth: Ben Korengold.

Photos courtesy the squash families

Editor's note:  The children of a staff member of MyhometownBronxville participate in the squash program.


Bronxville Squash Players Take #1, #2, and #3 Spots at the U.S. Squash Junior Championships PDF Print Email
By Staff 

Mar. 20, 2019:  This past weekend, six Bronxville junior squash players traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the U.S. Squash Junior Championship held at the McArthur Squash Center.

These players are Tyler Mackesy (Boys Under 19), McKenna Stoltz and Julia Curran (Girls Under 19), Conner Stoltz and Coulter Mackesy (Boys Under 17), and Molly Stoltz (Girls Under 17). In order to qualify, each achieved national rankings in the top thirty-two positions of their age group. All of these players train at the Bronxville Field Club under Supreet Singh, director of squash, and his team as well as at other clubs. 
Coulter Mackesy, Tyler Mackesy, Conner Stoltz, Molly Stoltz, and McKenna Stoltz. Not pictured: Julia Curran.

Conner Stoltz had the strongest performance of the weekend, winning the Boys Under 17 Division and becoming the #1 under 17 squash player in the country. This win tops off a very successful squash season for Conner.
Molly Stoltz had the second-strongest performance of the tournament, placing #2 in the Girls Under 17 Division. This is particularly impressive, given that Stoltz has another year to play in the Under 17s. 
Coulter Mackesy finished #3 in the Boys under 17 Division. Mackesy came into the tournament as the #7 seed and upset the #2 seed, Jacob Bulbulia of Short Hills, New Jersey, on his way to the semifinals. Mackesy fell to Conner Stoltz in the semis but ultimately finished #3.

McKenna Stoltz and Julia Curran.

Julia Curran finished in the top 24 of the Girls Under 19 Division and Tyler Mackesy and McKenna Stoltz both finished in the top 32 of their Under 19 Divisions.
Three of these players will be playing collegiate squash next year: Tyler Mackesy and Julia Curran at the University of Virginia and McKenna Stoltz at Cornell.
Congrats to all the players on making it to nationals and playing at such a high level.
Pictured at top: Coulter Mackesy, Conner Stoltz, and Molly Stoltz.

Photos provided by parents



Bronxville Life & Style: Shape Up and Be Healthy PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot

Jan. 23, 2019:  It’s a new year and a great time to think about your health and fitness.  Here are four great ways to get fit and be healthy.

I Train With Juan

This "PERSONALIZED FITNESS CENTER," owned by Juan Gonzalez, has been in its present location for five years and in business 9 years.  It prides itself on 

Personalized and Special Attention to its clients and offers Personal Training, seven days of Zumba classes and Group Fitness classes.  

The goal is to show clients that they can get fit, they will get fit and they gotta "Juan It."

They offer Low Impact Zumba classes, plus Zumba Toning classes which use 1½ to 2½  lb. weights.  Zumba classes are very popular with a different instructor teaching every day.  In total, Juan employs twelve different instructors to teach classes and personal train.  

This gym offers a variety of classes to get you started, keep you going, or take you to the next level. Classes include Leg Day, Core Conditioning, Bootcamp and Boxing.  Juan helped his top female client lose 119 pounds and his top male client lost 117 pounds over a two-year span.  The top male client actually teaches bootcamp classes for the gym now.

All sessions are geared to their clients availability and they understand every member has a different formula to achieve their goals.  For beginner and intermediate clients, they offer Zumba Dance/Toning, Core Conditioning and personal training.  For those who are intermediate to advance they offer classes like Leg Day, Bootcamp, and Boxing.  Group classes are smaller in size to ensure each member gets the attention they need to achieve their goals without injury or over-training.

For the month of January there is a special that is being offered for 50% off current prices.  

Also, your first training session is free for January.

Click on this to link to go to our website 

This family-oriented business has a personal touch environment.  For example, there is a raffle once a month to win a free month.  The more classes you attend, the better your chances of winning.

Hours of Operations: Open 7 days from as early as 5am to 9pm. Flexible with personal training hours.  Complimentary towels and water are provided.

Website:  I Train With 


I TRAIN WITH JUAN - 76 Main Street, Tuckahoe 914-473-3026


hot phiitness


hot phiitness is in Bronxville!

hot phiitness is a fantastic boutique studio which incorporates state of the art sound, lighting and heating systems to provide an intense, full body workout experience.

Introductory offer for new clients - 30-day unlimited classes for $65.  

Stop into  hot phiitness,  try a class and get hooked on the heat!  You can book online by clicking on this link

hot phiitness

79 Pondfield Road


Smart Moves Pilates

Mary Siegel is the dynamic owner and instructor of Smart Moves Pilates. Mary has been teaching the Pilates Method of exercise for 17 years which is: "A system of exercise using special apparatus designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and enhance mental awareness."  For example, she uses springs instead of weights to accomplish results in her clients.  Most of her clients come to her for private sessions, but she will also hold small semi-private classes.

Mary specializes in teaching people who are in Post rehabilitation from back surgery, knee and hip surgery or other injuries in addition to all levels of Post pregnancy.  She has greatly helped people with Parkinson's disease as well as golfers to improve their game.

She teaches 6 days a week starting early most days.

Smart Moves Pilates

15 Park Pl #2 

Bronxville, New York




Meditation & Discussion:  The Power of Good Health

Thursday, January 24th, 7-8pm

Stephanie from Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary will discuss the importance of the four wisdoms:  Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Mental

There will be a 30-minute meditation to ground our wisdom and nourish our being.

The event will take place at Weezie D in Bronxville (15 Park Place in Bronxville).  RSVP is required.  Email CLOAKING or call 914-337-1008.

Class is complimentary!  Limited space!  Bring yoga mat.

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary

14 Studio Arcade

Bronxville, New York



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