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


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




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 



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.

66 Palmer Ave Suite 49a

Bronxville, NY 10708

(O) (914) 693-2132

(F) (914) 693-2133



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


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


914-649-4828 cell


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


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.

Bronxville Resident Renée Byers Wins NYC&G Design Award PDF Print Email


By Staff, NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards

Nov. 1, 2017:  Longtime Bronxville resident landscape architect Renée Byers was the recipient of the 2017 Innovation in Design Award for Garden Design presented by New York Cottages and Gardens ("NYC&G") magazine at an awards gala at the Rainbow Room in New York City on October 16, 2017.

Her winning project, Hudson Valley Retreat, included a swimming pool and gardens set into a steep hillside for a country home overlooking the Catskills and was chosen from five finalists. She spoke briefly after accepting the award to thank her clients and team of craftsmen, as well as the NYC&G and its judges for recognizing her work and for organizing an event that showcases the creativity of the New York design community. Over the last twenty years, her firm, Renée Byers Landscape Architect, P.C., has designed dozens of gardens in Bronxville and works throughout New York, Connecticut, and the Hamptons.

The NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards honor top design in New York and are presented annually. The categories are architecture, interior design, kitchen and bath design, garden design, product design, and small spaces. Design submissions are judged by a panel of judges who are key influencers in the design industry of their respective fields. This year's panel included Matthew Patrick Smyth, interior designer; Roger Ferris, AIA, RIBA; Alison Spear, AIA; Caleb Anderson, interior designer; and Judy Ross.

Each year, NYC&G also presents an Innovator Award to an icon of the design industry--one individual who has achieved an overarching level of innovation and excellence. This year's Innovator was Donna Karan, who was honored at the event not only for her position as one of the world's most influential designers but also for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts for relief work in Haiti. A recipient of the 2012 Clinton Global Citizen Award, Karan spoke of her firm belief that through creativity, connection, collaboration, and community, one can help change the world.

Pictured here:  Renée Byers accepting her NYC&G Innovation in Design Award.

Photo by Landino Photo for NYC&G

Autumn Leaves . . . Love 'Em and Leave 'Em PDF Print Email


By Gretchen Pingel, Member, Bronxville Green Committee

Sep. 20, 2017: Autumn in Bronxville is beautiful . . . but what to do with all of the fallen leaves that litter our yards, accumulate in our streets, and clog our stormwater catch basins? There is a simple answer--don't rely on lumbering village leaf vacuum mobiles. Abandon the rake and the blower. Just love 'em and leave 'em! 

Since 2013, communities in Westchester have been encouraging homeowners to leave fallen leaves on their lawns and shred them in place with a mulching mower. The initiative, called Love 'Em and Leave 'Em, has a great website ( with how-to videos and information explaining why returning leaves to the soil through mulching reduces costs for municipalities (less leaf collection, fewer clogged catch basins) and makes gardens thrive.

I am happy to say that all of the leaves on Bronxville Village property are mulched in place. Why don't you try it too?

So, how does it work? You need a mulching mower--most landscapers have them--make sure yours does. A mulching mower is simply a power mower that cuts and recuts grass, leaves, and small twigs (dry is best) as they lie on your lawn (no need to move them) into tiny bits that settle between blades of grass, enriching the soil with nutrients while improving soil structure and drainage. Mulching mowers can also quickly convert enormous leaf piles into handfuls of finely shredded leaves that can be spread around the roots of trees, shrubs, and garden beds to give protection from the harsh winter climate and to supplement soil erosion from excessive leaf-blowing.

Leaf mulching is great for the garden . . . but remember, your garden benefits from some leaves left unshredded, too. For example, don't worry about fallen leaves on your pachysandra bed. However, if you must, remove only the leaves on top (with gloved hands; a rake or blower will tear the plants), but leave the ones that have worked their way in between the plants to stay and protect the stems and roots from winter snow and frost. During spring clean-up, leave the embedded leaves in place to slowly decompose. Easy.

Also, bear in mind that little critters like chipmunks and certain bird species, as well as the pupae of beneficial insects like moths and butterflies, greatly appreciate a part of your yard that is left “wild,” with fallen twigs and leaves intact, where they can seek refuge in during the cold months. So find a place in your yard that you can bear to ignore and allow it to become a safe haven for tiny local wildlife.

If I haven't yet convinced you to love 'em and leave 'em this fall, I leave you with a quick list of persuasive reasons from, which I hope will! 

Why Love 'Em and Leave 'Em? 

•  Saves money: Helps keep your taxes down by reducing municipal leaf pickup and disposal. (Landscapers can also save operating costs by needing smaller crews and avoiding dumping fees.)
•  Saves effort: Many homeowners (and landscapers) find that mulching leaves in place actually is easier than raking, bagging, or blowing them to the curb.
•  Keeps your property healthy: Leaf mulch recycles nutrients into your soil to feed your plants, improves soil health, and helps retain moisture, reducing the need for watering in dry spells.
•  Helps the planet: Transporting and disposing of leaves from your curb wastes energy and contributes to pollution. In addition, LELE helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your local community.

Photo by N. Bower

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