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Take Action Against Climate Change PDF Print Email

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By Ellen Edwards, Member, Bronxville Green Committee

Oct. 31, 2018:  For those of you want to take action after reading about the recent report of the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change, which describes dire consequences if we don’t drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels within the next ten years, here’s what you can do in your home now. At the end of this list are more ambitious projects that would affect all of Bronxville. They would require a few brave souls to take the first steps.  

-Earth care is a mindset to be cultivated: consider the full lifecycle of items you bring into your home. What was the environmental impact when they were made? What will it be when they “die”? Can you choose earth-friendly items instead or lighten their impact through longer use and recycling? See environment.westchester.com for more info and tips. 

-Consider adopting earth-friendly landscaping practices. Help keep chemicals and leaves out of our streams and storm sewer system and make your property more resistant to drought and flooding while enhancing the micro-biotic health of your plants, soil, and the birds, bees, and butterflies that find refuge there.   

-Help keep plastic out of oceans by carrying a tote for small purchases. Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store.

-Check out environment.westchester.com for updates on what food and beverage containers can be recycled. Don’t “contaminate” recycling bins by including items that aren’t clean or don’t meet the criteria.

-To recycle junk mail, you must remove tape, plastic linings, and “windows” (yes, alas, all those cellophane windows should be torn out and trashed). Place paper loose in recycle bins. 

-Many kinds of plastic bags can be recycled at grocery stores—plastic grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, bread and thin vegetable bags, newspaper sleeves, and some packing material. These cannot be recycled: cling wrap and prepackaged food bags, including those for frozen food and pre-washed salad. Read the instructions on packaging. Check out earth911.com for details.

-Add clean aluminum foil and trays and empty aerosol cans to the recycle bin for glass, metals, and plastics. Return wire coat hangers to dry cleaners. 

-Consider saving clean Styrofoam (and other clean foam) containers and alkaline batteries for when they can be recycled. Earth911.com lists local places that will accept them now.

-Dispose of contact lenses in the trash, never down the drain where they clog the sanitary sewer system.

-Americans waste 40% of all food produced. Can you purchase more carefully and use up the leftovers, the already-opened, and older stuff before buying more? You can safely consume products past their sell-by dates. Sometimes a half-empty refrigerator is not a bad thing.

-Would you consider encouraging your family to live more lightly on the land by eating less meat and fish? It’s a choice with a big impact.

-Have you considered putting solar panels on your roof? When it comes to lowering your carbon footprint, nothing beats them. Sustainablewestchester.org can help you find subsidies.

-Traveling by air and cruise ship releases enormous amounts of planet-warming gases. Do you really need to take that business trip? Have you ever considered a vacation destination closer to home? Or investigated traveling by train? You may be surprised by what you discover!

-Sustainablewestchester.org is a terrific resource with a user-friendly website—check it out! 

Projects that would affect all of Bronxville: 

-Have you considered getting together with a few concerned parents to lobby for a vigorous recycling program at the school that includes composting? This would require the proper bins and signage—and a separate waste hauler—along with a thoughtful education program for all grade levels about the impact of waste on our environment and our role in reducing that impact through the choices we make. You’d be changing minds as well as behavior and raising a new generation of environmentally conscious, responsible citizens. Scarsdale is already leading the way.

-Can Bronxville gain “Climate Smart Communities Certification”? In this state-sponsored program, municipalities achieve a certain number of objectives to acquire certification at the bronze and silver levels. Mamaroneck has already achieved bronze certification. Learn more at climatesmart.ny.gov/.

-Can your church, business, or apartment complex go green? Why not take the first steps: form a team and make a plan. Churches can find a blueprint for action at greenfaith.org/

Fighting climate change is a worldwide problem best fought on the most local level, in the communities where we live, in the places we love. Each of us has a role to play. What’s yours?

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.

 
Gung-Hoe Gardener: Time to Clean Out the Garden and Plant Bulbs PDF Print Email

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By N. Bower


Oct. 3, 2018:  Early October is a busy time in the garden. You should be cleaning up plants that are finished for the season. Daylilies and hostas are the first that come to mind.

Speaking of daylilies and hostas, this is a perfect time to divide them. First, dig up a clump, then take two garden forks, put the forks back-to-back in the clump, and pry apart. They separate very easily this way with little damage. 

All perennials that are not still blooming need to be cut to the ground. Use your fingers to comb through the daylily foliage to remove the dead leaves; in some cases, there will not be much of the plant remaining--this is ok. If your hostas are turning brown, remove the dead leaves and the flower stem or cut them down and clean up the area.

Next, you need to get out your bulb catalogues. I recommend John Scheepers, which can be found online.  You can plant your bulbs anytime through the end of November, as long as the ground does not freeze.

Be creative this year. Daffodils are tried and true, but you may already have enough of these. Try alliums or leucojum for a change. I stay away from tulips because they tend to bloom well only in the first year and peter out the following years. They also fall victim to squirrels and bunnies.

When planting your bulbs, refer to the instructions that come with them for depth, and plant them in groups, never individually. Dig a hole that will accommodate five or six, not touching, add a little bone meal, cover, and wait for a surprise in the spring.

Photo by N. Bower

 
New Bronxville Tree Fund Raising Funds to Replace Lost Trees in Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Staff


May 9, 2018:  Members of the Boulder Ledge Garden Club ("BLGC") met at Bronxville’s Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, April 26, for its annual spring pruning and planting preparations.  

Ani Adishian, owner of Flora Landscape and designer of Bicentennial Park, was present to guide club members on pruning and care for the park’s plants, shrubs, and trees.

New Bronxville Tree Fund:  The Boulder Ledge Garden Club is also pleased to announce the creation of the Bronxville Tree Fund. Bronxville is celebrated for its natural beauty, and trees are integral to its charm and the healthy lifestyle of all of its inhabitants. After consulting with Mayor Mary Marvin, BLGC learned that although the village has lost over 100 trees since 2012, there is currently no budget or plan to replace them.

In recognition of Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Boulder Ledge Garden Club kicked off an ongoing campaign for the tree fund with a leadership gift from the club to plant the first ten trees. This initial planting will focus on replacing trees lost in the business core of the village.

We are reaching out to you and the community at large with the request that you please participate by making a gift to the Bronxville Tree Fund. Checks can be made out to the Boulder Ledge Garden Club and mailed to PO Box 64, Bronxville, NY 10708.

Pictured here (L to R): Ani Adishian, Lisa Harrington, Margaret Conaton, Sharon Parson, Jane Scotti, Marty Meserole, Eileen Marshall, and Sarah Vorbac.

Photo by N. Bower


Editor's note: A member of the staff of MyhometownBronxville is a member of the Boulder Ledge Garden Club.

 
Bronxville Life & Style: Special Home Projects Edition PDF Print Email

By Karen Talbot

March 14, 2018:  With spring just around the corner, many of us are starting to think about our spring home projects.  Below are some great companies that can help you with your home projects!

Radoslav Opacic AIA Architects

Radoslav Opacic AIA Architects was founded in 1990 as a full-service architectural firm that combines exceptional design with a commitment to client satisfaction. The Principal, Rad Opacic, provides personalized attention throughout all phases of the design process. With his passion for fine detailing and vast knowledge of the construction process, he has developed a well-earned reputation for finding creative solutions to meet the specific needs and desires of his clients, producing work that is always exquisitely detailed, elegantly proportioned, and uniquely individual.

24 North Astor

Irvington, NY

914-591-4306

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www.opacicarchitechts.com

 

Steve Pagliaroli Painting Co. 


Steve Pagliaroli Painting Co. has been serving Bronxville for over 35 years and offers interior and exterior painting as well as wallpaper installation. 

Steve holds himself to the highest standard and he and his team are experts in the preparation process. They have a reputation for attention to detail and Steve gives every job his full attention making sure expectations are met. The company has a "super service" award 5 years in a row on Angie's List.

Click here to learn more.

Call or Text 914-447-7841

 

Brian O'Keefe Architecture ("BOKA")

 


Brian O'Keefe Architecture ("BOKA") which is owned by Bronxville resident Brian O'Keefe, was established in 1993. Their work draws upon the client's desired aesthetic, traditions of that style and reinterpreting them to create a project that is well suited to its location and context, and fits well with the client's lifestyle and today's needs. They do renovations, additions, and new construction projects of varying sizes.   BOKA also works as an architectural consultant for several well-known New York and Los Angeles based interior designers.

Office: 212.957.9790 /

Cel: 917-402-6774

Fax: 212.245.0157 

445 West 162nd St New York, NY 10032 

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www.bokapc.com

 

Guttilla Contracting 


Gutilla Contracting was built on taking pride in what it does and making home owners dreams come true. Serving Bronxville for over 25 years. It is fully licensed and insured in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess County and the State of Connecticut. See their website for a complete list of services. www.guttillacontracting.com

66 Palmer Ave Suite 49a

Bronxville, NY 10708

(O) (914) 693-2132

(F) (914) 693-2133

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www.guttillacontracting.com 

 

Dordevic Architecture + Construction 


Dordevic Architecture + Construction is a specialized design firm whose core values are grounded in timeless modern design with a thoughtful approach to understanding program and function. Our expertise ranges from luxury residential to retail and commercial. We provide clients with a full range of architecture, construction and renovation services since great spaces are the result of a collaborative effort between thoughtful designers and skilled craftsmen.

119 Pondfield Road, No. 156

Bronxville, NY 10708

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www.dordevic.com

office: 212.362.7332

direct: 617.821.2491

 

Win-Some Contracting, Inc.


Win-Some Contracting, Inc. is a general contracting and building company. They are involved in all aspects of home improvement, from the ground up. They assist clients with all phases of new construction from plans through final completion. They also attend to all improvements of existing homes including painting (interior/exterior), carpentry, electrical, plumbing, kitchen remodeling and bathrooms. They are licensed and insured and have serviced Bronxville for 25 years. They provide references.  Please contact Peter Frantzeskos

Chappaqua, New York

914-242-3400

914-649-4828 cell

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www.winsomecontracting.com



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Boulder Ledge Garden Club to Hold Annual Opening Meeting on Friday, March 2 PDF Print Email

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By Lois Brocia, Member, Boulder Ledge Garden Club


Feb. 21, 2018:  The annual opening meeting of Boulder Ledge Garden Club will be held at the Bronxville Public Library on Friday, March 2, at 12:30 pm.

The guest speaker will be Marta McDowell, who is well known for lectures on landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and is the author of many books on garden history.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting. All are welcome.

Pictured here:  Spring hydrangeas.  

Photo by N. Bower

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, legislators, and candidates. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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