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Bronxville Squash Players Take #1, #2, and #3 Spots at the U.S. Squash Junior Championships PDF Print Email
By Staff 

Mar. 20, 2019:  This past weekend, six Bronxville junior squash players traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the U.S. Squash Junior Championship held at the McArthur Squash Center.

These players are Tyler Mackesy (Boys Under 19), McKenna Stoltz and Julia Curran (Girls Under 19), Conner Stoltz and Coulter Mackesy (Boys Under 17), and Molly Stoltz (Girls Under 17). In order to qualify, each achieved national rankings in the top thirty-two positions of their age group. All of these players train at the Bronxville Field Club under Supreet Singh, director of squash, and his team as well as at other clubs. 
Coulter Mackesy, Tyler Mackesy, Conner Stoltz, Molly Stoltz, and McKenna Stoltz. Not pictured: Julia Curran.

Conner Stoltz had the strongest performance of the weekend, winning the Boys Under 17 Division and becoming the #1 under 17 squash player in the country. This win tops off a very successful squash season for Conner.
Molly Stoltz had the second-strongest performance of the tournament, placing #2 in the Girls Under 17 Division. This is particularly impressive, given that Stoltz has another year to play in the Under 17s. 
Coulter Mackesy finished #3 in the Boys under 17 Division. Mackesy came into the tournament as the #7 seed and upset the #2 seed, Jacob Bulbulia of Short Hills, New Jersey, on his way to the semifinals. Mackesy fell to Conner Stoltz in the semis but ultimately finished #3.

McKenna Stoltz and Julia Curran.

Julia Curran finished in the top 24 of the Girls Under 19 Division and Tyler Mackesy and McKenna Stoltz both finished in the top 32 of their Under 19 Divisions.
Three of these players will be playing collegiate squash next year: Tyler Mackesy and Julia Curran at the University of Virginia and McKenna Stoltz at Cornell.
Congrats to all the players on making it to nationals and playing at such a high level.
Pictured at top: Coulter Mackesy, Conner Stoltz, and Molly Stoltz.

Photos provided by parents



Bronxville Life & Style: Shape Up and Be Healthy PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot

Jan. 23, 2019:  It’s a new year and a great time to think about your health and fitness.  Here are four great ways to get fit and be healthy.

I Train With Juan

This "PERSONALIZED FITNESS CENTER," owned by Juan Gonzalez, has been in its present location for five years and in business 9 years.  It prides itself on 

Personalized and Special Attention to its clients and offers Personal Training, seven days of Zumba classes and Group Fitness classes.  

The goal is to show clients that they can get fit, they will get fit and they gotta "Juan It."

They offer Low Impact Zumba classes, plus Zumba Toning classes which use 1½ to 2½  lb. weights.  Zumba classes are very popular with a different instructor teaching every day.  In total, Juan employs twelve different instructors to teach classes and personal train.  

This gym offers a variety of classes to get you started, keep you going, or take you to the next level. Classes include Leg Day, Core Conditioning, Bootcamp and Boxing.  Juan helped his top female client lose 119 pounds and his top male client lost 117 pounds over a two-year span.  The top male client actually teaches bootcamp classes for the gym now.

All sessions are geared to their clients availability and they understand every member has a different formula to achieve their goals.  For beginner and intermediate clients, they offer Zumba Dance/Toning, Core Conditioning and personal training.  For those who are intermediate to advance they offer classes like Leg Day, Bootcamp, and Boxing.  Group classes are smaller in size to ensure each member gets the attention they need to achieve their goals without injury or over-training.

For the month of January there is a special that is being offered for 50% off current prices.  

Also, your first training session is free for January.

Click on this to link to go to our website 

This family-oriented business has a personal touch environment.  For example, there is a raffle once a month to win a free month.  The more classes you attend, the better your chances of winning.

Hours of Operations: Open 7 days from as early as 5am to 9pm. Flexible with personal training hours.  Complimentary towels and water are provided.

Website:  I Train With 


I TRAIN WITH JUAN - 76 Main Street, Tuckahoe 914-473-3026


hot phiitness


hot phiitness is in Bronxville!

hot phiitness is a fantastic boutique studio which incorporates state of the art sound, lighting and heating systems to provide an intense, full body workout experience.

Introductory offer for new clients - 30-day unlimited classes for $65.  

Stop into  hot phiitness,  try a class and get hooked on the heat!  You can book online by clicking on this link

hot phiitness

79 Pondfield Road


Smart Moves Pilates

Mary Siegel is the dynamic owner and instructor of Smart Moves Pilates. Mary has been teaching the Pilates Method of exercise for 17 years which is: "A system of exercise using special apparatus designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and enhance mental awareness."  For example, she uses springs instead of weights to accomplish results in her clients.  Most of her clients come to her for private sessions, but she will also hold small semi-private classes.

Mary specializes in teaching people who are in Post rehabilitation from back surgery, knee and hip surgery or other injuries in addition to all levels of Post pregnancy.  She has greatly helped people with Parkinson's disease as well as golfers to improve their game.

She teaches 6 days a week starting early most days.

Smart Moves Pilates

15 Park Pl #2 

Bronxville, New York




Meditation & Discussion:  The Power of Good Health

Thursday, January 24th, 7-8pm

Stephanie from Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary will discuss the importance of the four wisdoms:  Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Mental

There will be a 30-minute meditation to ground our wisdom and nourish our being.

The event will take place at Weezie D in Bronxville (15 Park Place in Bronxville).  RSVP is required.  Email CLOAKING or call 914-337-1008.

Class is complimentary!  Limited space!  Bring yoga mat.

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary

14 Studio Arcade

Bronxville, New York



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Bronxville Native Harrison Bader Has Great Season in the Major Leagues as a St. Louis Cardinal: See Highlights Video PDF Print Email


By Staff     

Nov. 28, 2018:  In 2012, Bronxville native Harrison Bader graduated from Horace Mann and headed to the University of Florida as a baseball recruit with high hopes for the future but not knowing what lay ahead. Three years later, after his junior year at Florida, Bader’s lifelong dream of playing professional baseball was realized when he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the Major League draft. 

Bader began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals' affiliate in State College, Pennsylvania, and quickly advanced to single A in Peoria, Illinois. In 2016, he began his season with a promotion to AA Springfield and advanced later that summer to the AAA Memphis Redbirds. He began the 2017 season on the Cardinals' Redbirds and by July was "called up" to the Major Leagues. In the summer of 2018, he became the Cardinals' starting center fielder and finished his 2018 rookie year with 12 home runs, 37 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and an amazing performance in center field. Bader is known for his speed, effort, and passion for the game. Here's a look at a video of his catches: 

Harrison Bader Fielding Highlights Video


Bader's baseball career began with Eastchester Little League and then onto Horace Mann and the New York Grays summer travel team. He also spent hours practicing with his dad, who, along with his mom, was hugely important to his success.

"My dad would find the time to pitch to me after work no matter how tired he may have been," said Bader. "Oftentimes he would purposely hit me while pitching to me and I would question why. He would say if I was going to be a Major Leaguer I was going to get hit and I would have to be tough and this would prepare me. He would say, 'You may not like it now, but you will thank me someday,' and I certainly have!"

Harrison's mom, Janice Baio Bader, also provides guidance to her son. "I think I provide the softer and more sensitive touch to the equation," said Janice. "I stress the importance of gratitude and kindness." Harrison also attended many sporting events with his mom when he was young. Harrison's sister, Sasha, is also one of his biggest fans. "I am so proud of my brother and he is the best big brother anyone could have," she said.

Looking back on his first full year in the Majors, Bader said, "Like most things in life, to succeed it's a process to get to where you want to be. Each step of hard work along the way is a building block that prepares you for the next step or level. It does not happen overnight. And you have to have patience, confidence in your abilities, and a great support system."

During the off-season, which is from late October to late February, Harrison plans to spend time with family and friends and focus on working out, getting physically stronger, and refining his hitting with the goal of "being ready to have a breakout 2019."

Finally, for young players who have the dream of playing in the Major Leagues, Harrison offered this piece of advice, "Find your passion and devote yourself to it and see where it takes you."

Pictured here: Harrison Bader with the family puppy, Riley.

Photo by J. Baio

Plans to Build Turf Soccer Field on Upper Scout Field in Limbo PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Nov. 14, 2018:  Westchester County’s pending plan to reconfigure upper Scout Field, a county park, to house a soccer field as well as preserve some open space has hit a snag. The City of Yonkers approved an April 2018 resolution opposing the development plan.

Citing that reconfiguration would significantly reduce the amount of green space available to county residents, and Yonkers citizens in particular, the resolution criticizes the county for not including the City of Yonkers in discussions when a large portion of Scout Field is located within the city.

The City of Yonkers also took issue with the inter-municipal agreement (IMA) executed between the county and the Town of Eastchester in May of 2016 authorizing the town to operate and maintain the field for a five-year term with the option to renew the agreement at the town’s discretion. As approved, the resolution states that the IMA grants exclusive use of the soccer field to Eastchester schools and all use and control of upper Scout Field to the Town of Eastchester.

Anthony Colavita, Eastchester town supervisor, stated that use of the field will not be dedicated exclusively to Eastchester schools. The Bronxville School, as well as St. Joseph School and town recreation teams, will have access.

“This has been a twelve-year process to get this project moving,” said Colavita, “and now Eastchester, Bronxville, and Mount Vernon are waiting for Westchester County to make a final decision on what Yonkers wants.” He added that if the county moves to terminate the IMA, which he described as “ironclad,” the county will be obligated to reimburse the Town of Eastchester on a pro-rated basis for preliminary work done on the project. The town, he said, has earmarked $165,000 for field improvements. The town will also pay the county a license fee of $200 per year to maintain and operate the field.

Colavita stated that the Westchester Department of Planning has performed work to determine where a soccer field, 360 feet by 200 feet, will be suitable for the land while maintaining 80,000 to 90,000 square feet of open space.

Under the terms of the IMA, Westchester County has agreed to bond approximately $1.9 million for upper Scout Field improvements, including grading, placement of topsoil, sub-surface drainage installation, installation of an irrigation system, and other work required to create a turf soccer field.

The Town of Eastchester will reconstruct and resurface the entrance road, create a new parking area east of the entrance road, and resurface existing parking. In addition, the town will install a fence, 350 feet by 200 feet, to enclose the soccer field that will allow for pedestrian and vehicle access, as well as furnish signage, scoreboards, bleachers, and benches.

The Village of Bronxville, which already performs sanitation work and leaf removal, will continue to do so.

Friends of Scout Field, a citizen-based organization that opposes the reconfiguration and development of the field, has expressed concern that the plan would destroy the pastoral and ecological environment, upset wildlife, and endanger the Bronx River Watershed. They further contend that the IMA was approved without public knowledge and that it contains no provision for public access for recreational purposes.

Per Colavita, there has been no declaration from County Supervisor George Latimer authorizing work to begin on upper Scout Field.

Pictured here: Scout Field.

Photo by N. Bower

Bronxville Native Frannie Boyd Rochat Opens hot phiitness PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Nov. 14, 2018:  The Bronxville fitness scene just got hotter with the recent opening of hot phiitness on Pondfield Road. The new workout facility, in the location previously occupied by Ricky Restiano Photography, offers its own brand of group fitness classes, incorporating muscle toning and cardio exercise with an amalgamation of methods.

The hot phiitness method combines Pilates principles with high-intensity interval training and low-impact exercises. The room is set at 98 degrees to promote sweating, and movements are timed to the beat of the music. Modifications are offered to tailor the instruction to each participant, allowing people of all fitness levels to participate.

Instructors work with students to correct their form, ensuring that muscles are working efficiently and that injury is avoided. “It’s like having private instruction in a group setting,” said Frannie Boyd Rochat, a former Wall Street executive who launched a second career in yoga instruction before opening hot phiitness. She and her co-owner, Richard Pike, each own Bikram Yoga studios elsewhere in Westchester; but having grown up in Bronxville, Rochat knew this was the right community for her new venture.

The space features a reception area with lockers, a curtained coat closet, and a jar of courtesy hair ties. Check-in is done electronically on iPads. Window seating allows for pre- or post-class respite. Beyond the reception area is the studio, with a bathroom and a separate changing room in the back. Contributions from family and friends add charm to the hot phiitness vibe. Rochat’s sister-in-law, Carol Boyd, helps run and market the business, while Rochat’s husband was responsible for creating the etched-glass doorways in the back. The lighting and sound systems were created by a Broadway professional, while the wooden table in the front window was carved by a friend.

Classes run 60 minutes, and registration is limited to 22 to 25 participants. Mats and towels are available for rental if needed (first-time rental is complimentary). Preregistration is encouraged to secure a spot and to streamline the check-in process. Credit cards are the only accepted form of payment.

Rochat noted that hot phiitness is undergoing a “soft opening,” with a limited number of classes on the current schedule and more planned for the future. Also in the works is an app that will allow class registration from a smartphone.

Single classes are $30; discounts are available through various package rates and for students. First-timers can take advantage of a three-class pack for $65, which is valid for use within two months.

hot phiitness
79 Pondfield Road

Photo by A. Warner

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