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Robert McGrath to Be Honored at Annual St. Joseph's Men's Club Dinner Thursday, October 6 PDF Print Email

By John C. Kelty, St. Joseph's Men’s Club

Oct. 5, 2016:  The St. Joseph's Men's Club will be holding its third annual Pastor's Dinner on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Siwanoy Country Club. 

The event provides a moment when the men of the community can come together and share an evening of camaraderie and good cheer, celebrating and supporting the vibrant programs of the Parish of St. Joseph's.

The inaugural pastor's dinner saw the men's club recognize past presidents, while last year's event recognized Deacon Robert Schimpf. Deacon Bob, a familiar face in town, has faithfully served the St. Joseph's Parish for the last decade.

At this year's dinner, the men's club will honor Robert McGrath for his years of service not only to the St. Joseph's Parish, but to the wider Bronxville and Eastchester communities, as well. 

Beyond running the family business, Bob, a lifelong resident of the village, has been involved in numerous community organizations ranging from the Rotary Club to the Knights of Columbus. 

He has served as president of the Bronxville Republican committee and has served on the boards of the Eastchester Senior Citizens Council and the Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee. And to boot, Bob played the part of a wise man in the annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant for over 30 years, a tradition that was started by his father and passed down to Bob and his brother and continues in the McGrath family today.

An avid sports fan, Bob has been a coach across the spectrum from pee wee programs right up through the high school level, influencing multiple generations of local youth. His support has not waned in recent years and more often than not you can still find him among the spectators at any given youth sporting event.

To register or learn more about the evening, please visit the men's club website at or reach out to Tom Okon at CLOAKING

All in the community are welcome and encouraged to join what will certainly be an evening of celebration with friends new and old--attendees need not be SJMC members.

The night kicks off at 7:00 pm with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 8:00 pm.

Pictured here:  Robert McGrath, honoree at St. Joseph's Men's Club dinner.

Photo courtesy John C. Kelty, St. Joseph's Men’s Club

Blessing of the Animals at The Reformed Church Sunday, October 2 PDF Print Email

By Belle Hann, Communications Associate, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Sep. 28, 2016:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville will be holding a Blessing of the Animals ceremony on Sunday, October 2, from noon to 1:00 pm in the grassy cloister area on Pondfield Road.

The Blessing of the Animals gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the life and contributions of St. Francis of Assisi, his service to the poor, his tender care of all creation, and his respect for nature. 

This gathering will allow us to honor and celebrate all of God's creatures and the special relationship we have with them. 

You are encouraged to bring your special animal companions and have them blessed by our clergy. 

For everyone's safety, please have dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. If your companion does not travel well or is deceased, you can bring his or her photo to be blessed.

Pictured here: The façade of The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

Letter to the Community: Olinda and John Simon Thanking Residents for Community Support PDF Print Email

Dear Local Friends and Residents:

Sep. 14, 2016:  The Simon family would like to thank all the community members who have been very kind to us since our recent loss of home by fire on August 2, 2016.

We deeply appreciate the many notes, letters, emails, and offers to help as we have dealt with this tragedy.

It is our hope to rebuild our home to its former glory and once again greet our friends and neighbors there.


Olinda and John Simon and Family
Bronxville, New York

Concordia’s Good Shepherd Award Honors Student Who Does the Most for Others with Given Abilities PDF Print Email

By Guy S. Longobardo, Member, Good Shepherd Committee, Concordia College

May 25, 2016:  For forty years I've enjoyed Concordia College’s presence in Bronxville. In winters with other members of the Bronxville Field Club, I play at the Meyers Tennis Center. And like many Bronxville residents, I enjoy the cultural offerings in music and art, the business breakfasts, and the lectures.

But one Concordia activity in which I take particular pride is serving on its Good Shepherd Committee.

The Good Shepherd Award honors the student who has done the most with his given abilities "to encourage others to follow his or her example of Christian witness and service to Christ."

On May 3, I was at the Concordia Sommer Center when graduating students were receiving awards for their contributions to academic and student life. The Good Shepherd awardee is not announced in advance and he or she is always greeted with loud whoops and applause.

Clarence J. Meyers established the award in memory of his son Alan Meyers and Alan's wife, Justine, who died in a crash while landing a plane in a severe storm at Westchester County airport in 1983. They were a kind, talented couple caring for students, faculty, and friends inside and outside Concordia. In short, they were good shepherds.

Typically, the Good Shepherd awardee gives service to the community through student organizations and to fellow students serving in such roles as members of student government, tutors, mentors, or resident advisors. They are very well known to their classmates.

The award this year went to Davin Thompson-Williams. Davin, who just graduated from Concordia, was very active in the Concordia community, holding a number of leadership roles. He was the spiritual life and outreach coordinator for student government, he led homeless runs, he worked on Habitat for Humanity projects, he volunteered at soup kitchens, he was president of the Concordia Tour Choir and Gospel Knights Choir, he served as an active member of the service fraternity Omega Psi Eta, and he worked in a food pantry during the Hurricane Sandy crisis.

Pictured here:  Top photo: President Viji George at graduation with Davin Thompson-Williams, 2016 recipient of the Good Shepherd Award; bottom photo (L to R): Neil Tarangioli, Concordia men's tennis coach; 2015 Good Shepherd Award winner Dagyeong Yang; and Guy S. Longobardo.  

Photos by Chris Pope

Spring Handbell Concert to Be Performed on May 11 at The Reformed Church in Bronxville PDF Print Email

By Lee Corbett, Director of Handbells, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

May 4, 2016:  The Concert Ringers at The Reformed Church of Bronxville will present a handbell concert at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 11, in the Edwards Room of the church. 

The concert is free and will last about 45 minutes. All are welcome to come.

For more information, please call The Reformed Church at 914-337-6776.

Pictured here:  Handbells.

Photo by A. Warner

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