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Vicki Ford Recognized for Revitalizing Butterfly Garden PDF Print Email


June 1, 2011:  Not everyone has the honor of an eponymous butterfly garden, but, because of her generosity, former Councilwoman Vicki Ford does.

It is located in The Nature Preserve of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe, near Siwanoy Country Club.

Last week Ms. Ford and her husband, Si, were busy revitalizing the butterfly garden.  In recognition of their commitment to the preserve, Ms. Ford was presented with a garden sign that was placed in the preserve. The garden is called "Olivia's Garden" in honor of Olivia ("Vicki") Churchill Ford.

And, oh yes.  Vicki and Si also are adoptive parents to a family of ladybugs that they just recently released in the butterfly garden to munch on the aphids.

Pictured here:  Vicki Ford by her garden sign in the butterfly garden.  The ladybugs are too small to be seen.

Photo by N. Bower


Ban on Leaf Blowers Goes into Effect for Summer; Exhaust Equivalent to 8 Cars PDF Print Email

June 1, 2011:  An annual rite of summer begins on June 1.  On this day (today) the leaf-blower ordinance goes into effect, banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers from June 1 to September 30.  The ordinance is designed to protect residents from unnecessary air and noise pollution during the summer months.

Sixteen Westchester County municipalities have leaf-blower ordinances in effect, including Bronxville.  This is the first year that Tuckahoe has joined the ban.

To report violations of the ordinance, contact the Bronxville Police Department at 914-337-0500.

According to the American Lung Association, a single leaf-blower engine produces exhaust equivalent to that of eight cars.  The exhaust is unfiltered and contains numerous hazardous air pollutants and airborne carcinogens.  The developing lungs of young children and the aging lungs of adults and residents with lung and cardiac disease are particularly vulnerable.

For additional information, please contact Molly Roffman, chair of the Yonkers Green Policy Task Force, at 914-486-8125.

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