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Bronxville Chamber and Bronxville Women's Club Hold Virtual Shopping Event PDF Print Email


By Leah Caro, President, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce

May 20, 2020: The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce and the Bronxville Women’s Club joined forces to support local merchants. 

On Tuesday, May 5, just in time for Mother's Day, the two organizations held a virtual Zoom shopping event with Bronxville's retailers showcasing "ideas for the perfect Mother's Day gift."

Nearly 120 registrants attended while shop-keepers live-streamed from their stores. 

Participating shops included Posh Beauty Boutique, J. McLaughlin, Mossy Fern, Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, The Silk Road, Toney Toni and the Gang, Maison Rouge, Tryforos & Pernice Florists, and Candy Rox.


Event organizer, Ellen Hunt, said, "we're all adapting to the current shopping environment, and supporting our local merchants in the best possible way. I've gotten some terrific feedback about the event."

Shoppers were also invited to mention the virtual shopping event at the time of their purchase to be entered into a special drawing for a gift basket brimming with items from the participating shops. Scores of generous buyers entered the raffle.


On Thursday, May 14, Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, Bronxville Women's Club President Mary Westmoreland, Women's Club Vice President for Communications Ellen Hunt, and Bronxville Chamber of Commerce President Leah Caro met at the corner of Park Place and Pondfield Road to pick a winner while observing appropriate social distancing.


Mayor Marvin announced that local resident, Deryn Darcy was the winner of the fabulous raffle basket. "What a wonderful way to bring our community together," said Marvin.

Our residents and our commercial district have such strong ties, and we look forward to bringing more opportunities for cooperation."

The Bronxville Women's Club, the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, and the Bronxville Village government have several new initiatives slated for this Spring/Summer and will announce them shortly.

Please continue to watch for announcements and visit and for news and events.


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


"Zoom" No Longer Just Means "To Go Fast" PDF Print Email


By Staff

May 13, 2020: Eight weeks ago, many of us thought that zoom simply meant "to go fast." We had never heard of a video conferencing technology called Zoom, even though the company launched in 2013 and went public in 2019. Now, Zoom, the company, is a staple in many of our lives.  

We find ourselves or our children in Zoom classes, Zoom meetings, Zoom yoga, Zoom mindfulness, Zoom cocktails, Zoom cook-offs, Zoom Easter gatherings, Zoom birthday parties, Zoom college tours, Zooming with grandparents and friends, and more. 

Some of us are even connecting more often with faraway friends and family because of Zoom. It's fun to see people's faces when talking with them, and it feels more like you're with them. And Zoom is so easy, particularly for the non-tech savvy. All you need to do is click on a link. There is no learning curve, and there are free accounts for the limited user.  

According to the New York Times, "At least 200 million of us, desperate to see people outside our homes, now use Zoom, up from 10 million a few months ago."

It should be said that over the past couple of months, everything has not been smooth sailing for Zoom. It has experienced security and privacy issues, which the company says it is addressing. 

One of the fun aspects of Zoom is "Zoom Backgrounds." Normally, if you are on Zoom, the people you are meeting with can see you in your living room or kitchen or wherever you are sitting. But, some people now put up special backgrounds (Zoom backgrounds) behind them instead. 

New York City friends who live in a small apartment might put up a background of a palatial duplex with a huge outdoor terrace and view of Central Park, just for fun. If you have a cluttered room, a Zoom background of a neat and tidy office might be just what you need for your work meeting.

You can find Zoom backgrounds to download in many different places. According to, a site "dedicated to highlighting the latest and greatest in personal technology since 2005," the top 5 searches for Zoom backgrounds in Spring 2020 were the Seinfeld set, Parks & Recreation scenes, the Simpsons, Star Wars, and the Office.

Some networks like HBO and Fox have Zoom backgrounds on their websites, as does Disney Parks.

Colleges are even sharing zoom backgrounds. For example, Harvard College offers Zoom backgrounds for newly admitted students.

Many travel sites also offer free Zoom backgrounds of beautiful destinations from around the world. Here are some pretty ones from

Are you having a virtual birthday party? There are Zoom backgrounds for that. Check out the American Greetings website.

But the best backgrounds of all might be the pictures that you take yourself! 

We've entered a new world with many challenges but also with new ways to creatively connect with friends, family and colleagues.

Photos by J. Murrer and S. Clifford

News From The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce PDF Print Email


By Leah Caro, President, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce

May 6, 2020: The Board of Directors of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce met via Zoom on April 24 to discuss its efforts to support and inform all business owners and residents about all things COVID-19.

Executive Director Shannon Gangemi has worked tirelessly to provide timely information to its members and others about developments in SBA programs, and how to get assistance, plus broadcasts about merchant offerings and availability, on its website and through email blasts. Nicki Piercy Coddington of Big Dog Design has been instrumental in getting the Chamber’s message out clearly and effectively on its website.

Ms. Gangemi reported that the Gift Card program has generated approximately $13,000 for our local merchants. The program allows anyone to purchase a gift card in any amount from any participating merchant directly from the Chamber’s website, including from merchants who have their e-commerce platforms.

Board Member Yoita Korinoiotu, owner of the Bronxville Diner, was delighted to share that NY Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital ordered 255 meals a day for three days for its doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers. Other local restaurants have also been contacted to supply meals to the front-line hospital workers.

The Bronxville Farmers Market, usually a Saturday morning staple from April to November, is working with the Village to develop a plan to allow its opening in May so that Hudson Valley farmers and local consumers can benefit.

Scott Edlitz, of Booskerdoo Coffee, pointed out that supporting retail and restaurant merchants is tangible and pretty easy to do, but that our myriad service industries are hurting as well.

The real estate brokerages, law firms, investment companies, insurance providers, and technology support platforms that routinely give back to local events and charities are more cumbersome to support during this down-turn. Scott’s recommendation (and it’s a great one!) is to take this time to write rave reviews on Yelp, Zillow, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media.

And finally, Chamber of Commerce President Leah Caro reminds us that Bronxville Village is a remarkable place, with generous residents, and stead-fast business owners. Indeed, we are in this together and she urges your continued support of local retail shops, restaurants, and service providers so that we can continue to thrive and grow.

Please make sure to visit the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce website at for information for business owners, residents,

Photo by N. Bower

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Letter to Village Residents: Thank You For Your Support PDF Print Email

To our Village Residents
Apr. 29, 2020: I want to share with you, our loyal customers some thoughts about recovery.

I have spoken with many of your store owners, my friends, and long time colleagues, who make up the beautiful downtown shopping district. While we all share a great deal of fear for the health of our families, employees, and our beloved clients, there is much concern and question about who will recover and reopen and how we will look after the virus has abated.
I have spent 38 years in my location at 42 Pondfield Road, and Trapp Opticians has been there since 1945, twice as long! We have weathered the awful economic downturn of 1987, the tech bubble burst, the changes post-9/11, the sub-prime disaster, and now this. We have seen business evolution take its toll on trusted, loving shopkeepers from the past decades, and we have welcomed new, hard-working families to the streetscape.  

Over those years, I served as a Director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, Merchant Chair for the Community Fund, Boards of FCS (now Andrus), The Maxwell Institute (now St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health), the Bronxville Rotary Club and a member of the Bronxville Derby.
Today, our merchant shopkeepers stand shoulder to shoulder, ready to make the flexible decisions that can only be made by small business people.  We will be proactive in our service towards keeping Bronxville healthy and thriving and we will welcome the newer residents, and our old friends with smiles and the new “hugs.” 

You have been asked by Mayor Mary Marvin to shop local, keep the Village healthy and continue the loyal support for which Bronxville is well known. We are grateful for what you have done, supporting these businesses, and look forward to seeing you very soon.
Marty Schulman, Trapp Opticians

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.
Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway to Begin May 3: Masks Recommended PDF Print Email


By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender for Westchester Parks Foundation

Apr. 29, 2020:  Westchester Parks Foundation and Westchester County Parks announced the dates for its 46th Annual Bicycle Sundays 2020 season.

The program kicks off on May 3 and continues Sundays in May, June and September – except Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. During this annual event, bicyclists, skaters, joggers and walkers take over several miles of the Bronx River Parkway. The course will be slightly modified this year, beginning at Main Street in White Plains (instead of Westchester County Center) and continue south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The program is supported fully through generous donations from Con Edison.

It is recommended that participants wear a mask or a face covering in situations like this where social distancing may not always be able to be maintained.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We understand the need to strike the correct balance between maintaining important social distance guidelines, and providing people with an escape from the pandemic. We are excited to be able to continue this Westchester County tradition that many look forward to all year long.”\

Joe Stout, Executive Director of Westchester Parks Foundation, stated“Now more than ever we need to #StandUpForParks and the essential service they provide for all Westchester residents. We are thrilled to continue this iconic event that provides a healthy lifestyle and promotes importance of environmental preservation for generations to come. We are grateful to Con Edison for their generous support and commitment to parks and open space.

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said: “Seeing Bicycle Sundays return is extremely gratifying. We thank County Executive Latimer for believing in the power of parks to help people get through this challenging time, and we also thank the Parks Foundation and our great sponsors for the funding they provide.”

Bicycle Sundays runs between White Plains and Yonkers. There are numerous points of entry along the route. Although parking will be available in the Westchester County Center east parking lot, participants will follow signs and directions to enter the route at Main Street once they exit their cars. Bicycle Sundays are free and open to the public.

Residents and visitors can enjoy Bicycle Sundays this year on the following dates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:

-May 3, 10, 17, 31

-June 7, 14, 21, 28

-Sept 13, 20, 27

Bicycle Sundays are 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 towards 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.

For more information CLICK HERE

Photo courtesy Thompson & Bender


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

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