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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

Bronxville Bronco 5/6 Football Team Wins Westchester Football Championship PDF Print Email


By Robert Freeman, Bronxville Parent

Nov. 7, 2018:  This past Sunday, in the last official game played on the old turf at Chambers Field, the Bronxville Broncos Youth Football team completed an undefeated season, beating Pleasantville 32-8 to claim the Westchester Youth Football championship for the third time in four years. This year’s title was particularly special and marked the first time in program history that our young Broncos finished undefeated.

Evoking memories of the great NY Giants' defensive units of the 1980s, on October 21, our youth Broncos completed the regular season without giving up a touchdown, defeating the Valhalla Vikings 24-0. The Broncos finished the regular season 6-0 and entered the playoffs as the number-one seed in the WYFL.

On October 28, in the first round of those playoffs, the Broncos took on a very tough youth football team from White Plains and finally surrendered their first touchdown of the season. The Broncos scored three touchdowns of their own and prevailed 24-8 (at this age, extra-point kicks are worth two points and the Broncos have the best kicker in the league in Jarvis Chow, who was a perfect 3 for 3).

On a picture-perfect fall day, with the trees surrounding Chambers Field in full color, the Broncos took on an undefeated 7-0 team from Pleasantville. In an intense and hard-hitting first half, the Broncos finally broke through with less than one minute left in the half when Davis Patterson (6th grade) took it around left end for a touchdown, aided by some stellar blocking by fifth-graders Brian Formato and Thomas Freeman.

The Broncos started with the ball to begin the second half and, after what the team calls the Coach K Special, gained big yardage on the first play, and Sam Becker (6th grade) took a counter play to the house untouched for a 48-yard touchdown, making it 16-0 Broncos. The rout was on! Late in the third quarter, Patterson again took it around the left side for a 46-yard touchdown and a 24-0 lead. After Pleasantville finally reached the end zone early in the fourth quarter, the Broncos got the ball back, and Patterson once again scooted down the sideline for a 24-yard touchdown to end the scoring: Broncos 32, Pleasantville 8.


This year’s Broncos included sixth-graders Henry Frigon, Jack Kennedy, Will Mattson, Michael Knox, Max Devaney, Davis Patterson, James Halley, Kieran Patterson, Matthew McSherry, Jack Gangemi, Jack Preusse, Alex Napolitano, Sam Becker, Henry Vail, and Jarvis Chow and fifth-graders Brian Formato, Thomas Freeman, Fletcher van Tienhoven, James O’Shaughnessy, John Shah, Nicholas Londal, and Nicholas Martinelli. The Coaches were Bill Knox, Rob Freeman, Dan Olimpio, Sam Patterson, Chris Becker, and Charles Preusse.

Go Broncos!

Pictured here:  Winning Bronco 5/6 team. 

Photos by L. van Tienhoven (top) and D. Londal (second). 


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Bronxville 5th-Grader Wins Mountain Biking Championship PDF Print Email


By Guest Contributor

Nov. 7, 2018:  Two weekends ago, at Mount Snow in Vermont, Bronxville Elementary School fifth-grader Logan Arthurs became the overall champion in the Under 12 Class of the Maxxis Eastern States Cup downhill mountain biking series.

Logan is a pint-sized powerhouse on two wheels. He loves mountain biking, rushing through the forest on narrow trails, and launching himself off rocky drops. Specifically, Logan enjoys downhill mountain biking, a discipline much like skiing, where a chairlift is taken to the top of the mountain and then descends to designated trails. At these bike parks, the trails are graded similarly to ski runs, with green, blue, and black diamond levels of difficulty. The trails weave in and about the trees, over rough rocks, and down chutes. Hand-built features are incorporated into the trail network and include sculpted jumps, berms, and bridges. Bike parks are relatively new to the sport of mountain biking but are now proliferating in the Northeast as resorts like Killington look to profit from the summer season. Logan’s home bike park is Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey.

Logan has been riding a bike since he was three years old and has been downhill biking since he was seven. After winning the first race he ever entered, which was last year, a fire was lit. He made a conscious decision this spring to concentrate on racing and participate in the Maxxis Eastern States Cup Series. This year, the ESC introduced a new Under 12 Clif Kids Class to encourage young mountain bikers, or groms, as they are endearingly called, to the sport. The series started in May and finished in October and was to visit eight unique locations in the Northeast (because of lift maintenance at Killington, racers rode Thunder Mountain in Massachusetts twice this year).


Each race weekend, Saturday is a practice day and Sunday is a race day. The groms race the same course as the pros, a double black diamond trail with each bike park offering up its own flavor. The race courses are extremely intense, with jagged rocks, drops, and slick roots.

In mountain bike racing, there is no such thing as a weather cancellation, so racers must deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at them. This past summer was very wet. Only two of the eight races had a dry course. The other six races had variations of wet. At Windham Mountain in August, torrential rains drained from the skies all practice day and throughout the night, turning the already treacherous former UCI World Cup race course into the steepest, nastiest mudslide imaginable. At Sugarbush in Vermont and Thunder Mountain, the inevitable weekend rains rendered the courses incredibly slippery. The roots that snaked across the trail were so slick, it was as if they were covered in Vaseline. Through all these obstacles, Logan persevered, standing on the podium for each and every one of the races, usually as the youngest rider.

While the weather this season may have been rough, everyone was in it together. The sense of community among this wild mountain biking tribe is strong. Every race weekend, Logan couldn’t wait to head out and join his friends on the mountain. This year, he forged lifelong friendships with kids from Maine to Maryland.

When he’s not racing, Logan can be found zipping around Bronxville working on new skills or riding the trails at Sprain Ridge and Graham Hills. During this time, he also enjoys making short video edits of his riding that he posts on his website and his YouTube channel. 

Photos by Rob Arthurs and Andrew Santoro

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One Love Foundation to Host Yards for Yeardley Bike Sunday Challenge Sunday, September 30 PDF Print Email

By Grace McSherry, Student, Bronxville High School
Sep. 26, 2018:  This Sunday, September 30, the One Love Foundation is hosting the first-ever “Yards for Yeardley: Bike Sunday Challenge” from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The “Yards for Yeardley: Bike Sunday Challenge” is an open call to cyclists, joggers, and walkers to join the One Love Foundation in raising $10,000 to support its educational work in Westchester County schools for the 2018-2019 school year. 
This Sunday is one of the Sundays in the fall when the Bronx River Parkway will be free of traffic from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm from Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and Tuckahoe to the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Supporters are invited to the One Love Foundation store, 44 Pondfield Road, before or after their ride for light refreshments from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, an athlete and former University of Virginia student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Today, One Love works around the clock to ensure that everyone has access to information on the warning signs of abuse that Yeardley did not. The One Love Foundation’s educational tools are currently being taught in over 600 colleges across the country and over 350 high schools. For more information on the One Love Foundation, please visit
For further information about the “Yards for Yeardley: Bike Sunday Challenge,” to register, or to donate, please visit here or contact  CLOAKING .
Photo from per the Pexels License

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NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital to Host 'Be Well Bash' on Bronxville School Front Lawn Saturday, September 29 PDF Print Email


By Thompson & Bender for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Sep. 12, 2018:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital announced it is hosting the “Be Well Bash,” a wellness and injury prevention event for all ages. This free event will take place Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, rain or shine, on the front lawn of Bronxville High School.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence is sponsoring this free program for K-12 student athletes, weekend warriors, and seniors. The community can meet clinicians from the Columbia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine program and specialists in primary care, cardiology, and a host of specialties to learn about how to stay healthy and achieve their goals. It will be an afternoon filled with activities including the NFL PLAY 60 Skills and Drills program and the New York City Football Club Street Team program; injury prevention workshops; music; food; entertainment; face painting; and much more.

“Whether you are young or ‘young at heart,’ you can get yourselves active, fit, and strong in a safe and healthy way, and we’ll show you how,” said Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “The Be Well Bash will be a fun and casual way for our clinicians to meet the community and answer their questions.”

Members of the Be Well Bash committee are Mayor Mary Marvin, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce executive director Nicole Tuck, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce board member Bob Krause, Bronxville High School athletic director Karen Peterson, and representatives from NewYork-Presbyterian and the Columbia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Program.

“We are so excited and honored to be the host of what is truly a groundbreaking event in the world of sports and wellness,” said Mayor Mary Marvin. “We hope to be the home of such a positive community event for years to come.”

For more information, please visit

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