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Leah Caro: Helping Victims of Superstorm Sandy on Staten Island PDF Print Email
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Dec. 12, 2012:  On Thursday, November 29, I had the privilege of volunteering on Staten Island for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.  Bronxville-Ley Real Estate salesperson Mirjana Balac, broker Dorothy Botsoe of Dorothy Jensen Realty, and I were volunteering on behalf of the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR), whose contingent we met at the All Hands headquarters.  All Hands Volunteers (www.hands.org) is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides hands-on assistance to communities around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.

After the waivers were signed and the All Hands t-shirts donned, we drove to our work site for the day to meet our team leader, Matt.  I hadn't been out to Staten Island since the storm, and I could hardly believe my eyes.  As we continued toward the beach area, the houses we passed were in varying stages of collapse and damage.  The house that was our project for the day was a single-story bungalow that had been flooded nearly to the ceiling.

Our job entailed pulling down all the drywall, taking out the insulation, removing every screw and nail in the frame studs, and pulling up all the flooring.  The remaining shell would then be sanitized, and then reconstruction could begin.

I don't know that I have ever worked so hard physically in my life.  Wielding hammers and mallets, crowbars and screwdrivers, we sweated our way to taking apart a house so that it could be a home once again.  Our All Hands team leader, Matt, does this for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, and he is a volunteer.  He sleeps in a church basement.  He is patient with those of us who don't use heavy tools every day.  And he could use more help!

The All Hands volunteers at HQ explained that as every day passes, volunteerism wanes.  Though I was part of the NYSAR team, one does not need be affiliated with a group to help out.

Go by yourself, or grab your friends from your golf foursome, book club, house of worship, fantasy football league, or whatever.  But just go!

The work we did was hard, very hard, but I never felt better.   And I think I'll do it again.

Pictured here (L to R):  Bronxville-Ley Real Estate principal broker Leah Caro; Bronxville-Ley salesperson Mirjana Balac; and Dorothy Botsoe of Dorothy Jensen Real Estate.

Photo courtesy Leah Caro

 

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Bronxville Overview

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 400-bed acute care 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.

Mortgage Information

Bankrate.com
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Bankrate.com, provides mortgage rate information along with rate information on “more than 300 financial productions”


The Federal Reserve Board
The Federal Reserve offers good advice on how to shop for a mortgage. Click on this link to read “Looking for the Best Mortgage.”
http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/mortgage/mortb_1.htm

Real Estate Companies

Bronxville-Ley Real Estate
171/2 Park Place Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1234
www.bronxvillerealestate.com


Century 21 Deed Real Estate
120 Kraft Avenue Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0400
www.c21deed.com


Coldwell Banker Carlson
105 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3141
www.coldwellbankercarlson.com


Houlihan Lawrence
4 Valley Road Bronxville, New York 10708 and 89 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0400,914-337-5400
www.houlihanlawrence.com


Houlihan & O'Malley
133 Parkway Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-7888

www.houlihanomalley.com


Julia B Fee Sotheby's International Realty
2 Park Place
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-620-8682

http://www.juliabfee.com


 

Lydia Maria Real Estate
120 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1720
www.lydiamaria.com


Miller Real Estate
89 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York
914-395-0270

Real Estate - Attorneys

Bertine, Hufnagel, Headley, Zeltner, Drummond & Dohn LLP

Established in 1929, Bertine, Hufnagel is "a general practice law firm, offering clients expertise in both individual and commercial matters." Their broad range of services include the following: Wills, Estate
Planning and Taxation, Probate and Estate Administration, Elder Law, Real Estate (commercial, residential, condominiums and cooperatives), Commercial Law and Transactions, Litigation and Banking Law.

700 White Plains Road
Suite 237
Scarsdale, New York 10583
(914) 472 7700
(914) 472 1946 (fax)
www.bertinehufnagel.com


Suzanne M. Bloomer
Wills, Trusts, Estates and Real Estate

85 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0142
smbloomerattorney@msn.com


Bosworth, Gray & Fuller
Wills and Probate, Real Estate, Media Law, General Litigation

J. Rockhill Gray
David Otis Fuller, Jr.
116 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
(Tel) 914-337-3626
(Fax) 914-337-3630
dofjr@aol.com
www.bosworthgrayandfuller.com


George R. Mayer, Esq.
65 Pondfield Road #6 Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3033 (tel)
914-337-1038 (fax)
www.bronxvillelaw.com
grmayer38@aol.com


Griffin, Coogan, Sulzer & Horgan, P.C.

Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Located in Bronxville, New York, Griffin, Coogan, Sulzer & Horgan, P.C. takes great pride in providing our clients with comprehensive, high quality legal services in a responsive manner. The firm concentrates its practice in real estate law with a primary focus on issues relating to real estate tax litigation (also known as tax certiorari), real estate transactions, valuation law, real property taxation and tax planning and real property tax exemption matters throughout New York State.

The firm serves as general counsel for several local cooperatives and represents clients in various issues relating to wills, trusts and estate planning.

51 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 961-1300
info@gcshlaw.com

www.gcshlaw.com


James J. Veneruso, Esq.
Griffin, Coogan & Veneruso
P.C. 51 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-961-1300 (tel)
914-793-0608 (fax)
jjv@gcvpc.com


Kim O'Toole, Esq.
80 Sagamore Road
914-961-6175 (tel)
914-337-3292 (fax)
kotlaw@verizon.net


Mary Anne O'Callahan, Esq.
32 Gramatan Court Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-3558 (tel)
914-779-5182 (fax)
maocallahan@verizon.net


Nobile, Magarian & DiSalvo

We are hardworking and dedicated attorneys who, combined, have more than 150 years of experience delivering quality legal advice. Our cutting edge is our ability to enter both the conference room and the courtroom with strength. Our law firm provides legal representation and counsel for both individual and business clients on issues related to estate planning and administration, real estate law, litigation, and business law.  Our practice areas include: Commercial Litigation, Business Law, Real Estate, Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts, Estate Administration, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, Not For Profits, and Employment Law.

111 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-337-6300

http://www.nmdlaw.com/


Peter W. Williamson, Esq.
141 Parkway Road
914-337-3434 (tel)
914-337-3392 (fax)
pwwilliamson@verizon.net

Real Estate - Insurance Agents

Allstate Auto, Home, Business and Life Insurance

Exclusive Agents:
Debbie M. Stockton
George L. Petronella Jr.

108 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-961-7200
dstockton@allstate.com
http://agent.allstate.com/DSTOCKTON2/Welcome/


Leslie Homer
71 North Avenue New Rochelle, New York 10801
914-632-8989
www.homerinsurance.com
lhomer@homerinsurance.com


John L. Vorbach Company, Inc. Insurance Brokers
Manhattan Media & Technology Center
65 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10006
212-294-4900 x 112
cvorbach@vorbach.com
www.vorbach.com


Linda Graef Jones, Private Client Sales Executive
Personal Risk Management Solutions
Focuses solely on personal insurance and
provides unique, customized solutions that save
money and time and create peace of mind.

6 East 43rd Street
New York, New York 10017
914-645-3951
JonesL@thePRMSpromise.com

www.theprmspromise.com


Palmer-Tanno Agency, Inc.
Independent Insurance Agents since 1948

Greg Tanno
141 Parkway Road, Suite #11
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-6603
palmertanno@aol.com


Ranieri Insurance Agency
Auto, Home, Business & Life
Over 50 Years' Experience

Paul D. Ranieri, CPCU
457 Palmer Road
Yonkers, NY
914-376-2560
dcranieri@aol.com


Rollins
Insurance and Risk Management Solutions
Since 1910
65 Main Street
Tuckahoe, New York 10707

914-337-1833
info@rollinsinsurance.com
www.rollinsinsurance.com

Market Statistics

Click Here to read recent reports on the Real Estate Market in Bronxville. 

Cindy Landis of Houlihan Lawrence: Third Quarter Report on Bronxville Real Estate May See Highest Number of Closings in 10 Years http://www.myhometownbronxville.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2247:cindy-landis-third-quarter-report-on-real-estate-sales-in-bronxville-may-bring-most-closings-in-10-years&catid=16:real-estate&Itemid=14

Home Improvement Directory

Decorators and Interior Design

Dunn & Tighe Interiors

25 Sycamore Street
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-337-4509
www.dunnandtigheinteriors.com


Edwin Gemes, Ltd.

Bronxville
914-779-7580
edwingemes@verizon.net


Madeline Eckett Oden Interiors

61 Beechmont Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-3935
eckettoden@aol.com


Jane Mitchell

9 The Byway
914-337-1216


Samuel Botero Associates, Inc.

215 East 58th Street
Suite 6B
New York, New York 10022
212-935-5155
www.botero.com


Sandra Steele Schneider Interiors

70 Burkewood Road
Mount Vernon, New York 10552
914-668-4468
sssinteriors@verizon.net


Serendipity Interior Design, LLC

Catherine Wyner
203-846-0809 or 203-637-9266


Shannon Interiors LTD.

Kelly Shannon Jelensperger, President
81 Pondfield Road #344
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-1629 (O)
914-953-7584 (C)
914-793-2195 (F)
shannoninteriors@aol.com


Design Professionals

Architects


Dean Davis

2 Park Place
Bronxville, New York
914-961-5953


Michael Davis

435 Hudson Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10014
212-645-6066
info@michaeldavisarchitects.com
www.michaeldavisarchitects.com


Charles Hilton

Hilton Vanderhorn Associates
31 East Elm Street
Greenwich, Ct. 06830
203-862-9011 (tel) 203-862-9196 (fax)
ch@hilton-vanderhorn.com
www.hilton-vanderhorn.com


Scott Koniecko Architects

80 8th Avenue
Suite 1600
New York, New York 10011
212-620-3924 (tel)
212-620-7640 (fax)
skoniecko@aol.com


Maggie Marrone Architects

914-771-6750
Mgmaia5@aol.com


Peter Pennoyer Architects

432 Park Avenue South, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10016
212-779-9765
peter@ppapc.com
www.ppapc.com


Radoslav Opacic Architects

24 N. Astor
Irvington, New York 10533
914-591-4306 (tel)914-591-4308 (fax)
info@opacicarchitects.com
www.opacicarchitects.com


Landscape Architects


Renee Byers, Landscape Architect P.C.

10 Avon Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3103
rb@reneebyers.com
www.reneebyers.com


Engineers


Civil Engineer
Brett Auerhahn P.E.
914-961-2242


Home Maintenance & Improvement

Chimney Sweep


Egan Chimney Sweeps

845-628-8515


Electric


Keating Electric & Technologies

115 Wall Street
Valhalla, New York 10595
914-747-9294
www.keatingelectric.com


Lippolis Electric

445 5th Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803
914-738-3550


James A. Stone

96 Congress Street
Harrison, New York 10528
914-835-0447


White Electric, Inc.

128 Fulton Street
White Plains, New York
914-946-5566
www.whiteelectric.com


Fruit Delivery


Hutchinson Farm

833 Post Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-723-7603


General Contractors

Vincent Franco
R-Men Contracting
179 Summerfield Street
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-472-7007 (tel) 914-472-0451 (fax)
Vincent.franco@rmencontracting.com


Arthur Lange Inc.

841 Tuckahoe Road
P.O. Box 993
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-4422 (tel) 914-395-0471 (fax)
www.arthurlangeinc.com


Heating & Cooling


Absolute Comfort & Temperature Control Inc.

Mr. Paul Gomprecht, President
914-761-0529
Absolutecomfort1@aol.com
www.Absolutecomfortcontrol.com


Richards Conditioning Corp.

70 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
914-337-0300


Besson Oil Inc.

140 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
914-779-0008


Iron Work


Debra Coddington

Arrowsmith Forge
3788 Rte 44
Millbrook, New York
845-677-5687
www.arrowsmithforge.com


Locksmith


LMC Safe, Lock & Key

Luigi M. Cattzia II
914-241-1583


Milkman


Direct Dairy

POB 201
White Plains, New York 10603
914-328-7827


Painters


All Colors Painting Co.

69 Delaware Road
Yonkers, New York 10710
(Johnnie & Joey)
914-964-9148


Mateus Neto Painting Co.

95 Chase Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10703
914-965-9561


Pick up and take away


Robert Rabsey
914-954-4366


Technical Help


Computer, Network & Internet Services

Gerry McLoughlin
914-337-7084
www.GerryMcL.com
Computer Tutor @ PCI
914-337-1700
www.computertutorpci.com


Geeks on Wheels

Dylan Hall
Harrison, New York
914-562-1800
info@geekysolutions.net
www.geeks-on-wheels.net


The Computer Nerds, Inc.

PO Box 31
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-7952
info@thecomputernerdsinc.com
www.thecomputernerdsinc.com


TV & Steroes


AV Design

130 East Main Street
Elmsford, New York 10523
914-345-2977


Landscape Design & Maintenance

Design


Maureen Hackett

Hackett Landscape Design Inc.
212-768-4242 and 917-494-8084


Renee Byers, Landscape Architech P.C.

10 Avon Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3103
rb@reneebyers.com
www.reneebyers.com


Maintenance


Frank Bulfamonte & Sons, Inc.

914-235-1835
26 Circuit Road
New Rochelle, New York 10805
914-235-1835


Land Productions Inc.

360 Adams Street
Bedford Hills, New York
914-666-8214


Lieb's Nursery & Garden Center

1 Askins Place
New Rochelle, New York 10801
914-632-5599


Florists


Tryforos and Pernice

73 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York
914-337-2525


Plants & Nurseries

Lieb's Nursery & Garden Center
1 Askins Place
New Rochelle, New York 10801
914-632-5599


Rosedale Nurseries

51 Saw Mill River Road, Route 9A
Hawthorne, New York 10532-1598
914-769-1300
info@rosedalenurseries.com
www.rosedalenurseries.com


Sprainbrook Nursery, Inc.

448 Underhill Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-723-2382
www.sprainbrook.com


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