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From The Mayor: There are Many Ways to Give to Those in Need PDF Print Email


By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Apr.29, 2020: As the days continue, the Covid crisis manifests itself in many ways for many people - - be it exhaustion and sadness for our first responders or financial worries and anxiety for our business owners. They all need us as their Village family now more than ever.

To that end, I just want to recap how we can say thank you with gifts of support while keeping all the benefits in the Village of Bronxville.

It is a win on every level as we can express needed thanks, help out local business owners and maintain the vitality of the business district so that when all this comes to pass, we preserved Bronxville as a very attractive place in which to call home.

The village government, with the incredible support of the Police Department, encourages you to buy a gift card of any amount for any of the first responders – be it hospital workers, Bronxville police officers, Eastchester firefighters, or EVAC staff. Our officers then go around to the various business establishments, collect the cards, and deliver to the appropriate headquarters.

The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce has a very user-friendly and expansive site to both donate gifts of thanks to first responders and/or buy merchant gift cards for oneself to help keep our businesses afloat. Click here to go to the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce website.

As a reminder, New York State rules allow owners of non-essential businesses to be in their stores on a daily basis and conduct business via email or phone. Goods can then be picked up, delivered, or mailed for any customers.

Bronxville school families just recently started a go fund me page to deliver meals to Lawrence Hospital staff. All the food purchased would be from Village establishments. To donate, click here.

The Bronxville Rotary Club has started an Emergency Food Fund for staffers of our businesses who were laid off and do not have a safety net as the days continue. Click here to go to the Bronxville Rotary website, and a description of the fund and ways to donate immediately pops up. The seed money for this project came directly from Rotary funds, and the continued donation of our generous Rotary members helps to keep it going.

The Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester Community Fund has started a Community Fund Covid-19 Relief Fund to provide immediate relief to community programs that address social, economic, and other repercussions of the virus. The fund will not only serve those in the Community Fund’s current catchment area but, if needed, our neighbors in Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Click here to go to The Community Fund of Bronxville, Tuckahoe and Eastchester website and the donation instructions pop up. Again the seed money for this program was provided through the generosity of current Community Fund donors.

Equally important are cards and letters of thanks to all our first responders. Michael Fosina, President of NYP Lawrence Hospital, shared that the cards and signs sent to hospital workers are displayed throughout the hospital and have served to uplift and inspire the entire staff. Cards to the hospital can be directed to Michael Fosina at 55 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville, NY 10708.

All of our first responders have mentioned seeing the posters in house windows, signs on lawns, or the chalked driveway messages on their way to and from work. They are so appreciative, especially that the younger members of our community, recognize their efforts.

To a person, every one of our first responder organizations has contacted the Village to express their thanks to you for your gestures of kindness, big and small. Rest assured, I have never met more grateful nor more deserving people.

Our special Village is known for stepping up when our neighbors and friends need us, and there is no more appropriate time than now. We truly are in this as a Bronxville family. As I said on my recent call, “Be kind whenever possible as it is always possible.” -Dalai Lama


Photo by A. Warner

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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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