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Chamber Chatter: Many Merchants to Teach Courses at Bronxville Adult School PDF Print Email


August 17, 2011:  I was out of town at the beach last week and came back to a flurry of emails about wonderful end-of-summer--sad, but true!--sales in and around town.  Some of our stores were closed for part of the summer, but all will be open come September, and they anticipate assisting all of us with our fall shopping needs!

At Weezie D, all summer clothing is on sale.  You will save 50% off all swimsuits, all cover-ups, and all summer bags!

J.McLaughlin is hosting its summer sale, and it will have you running to the store! Many of its gorgeous fashions are available for one-third of the regular price!

Toney Toni and the Gang is running a summer sale on many of its beautiful warm weather styles.

The Silk Road's end-of-summer sale begins August 18.  Take advantage of 20 to 70% off summer tops and jackets, assorted rings and necklaces, select floral arrangements, floor sample rugs, tablecloths and napkins, and furniture.

The Bronxville Adult School has announced its fall schedule of classes, many of which are being taught by our Chamber members!  Look for the fall course catalog in the next week or two.  Here is a preview of some of the good things to come:


1. Two photography classes on the basics with Arista Camera
2. Preparing Your Garden for Winter with Leonard Pouder of Lieb's Nursery and Garden Center
3. Holiday Flower Arranging with Mary Tryforos of Tryforos & Pernice
4. Friday yoga classes with Mary Beltran start at The Bronxville Women's Club
5. Bridge classes with Sylwia McNamara and David Yates start at The Reformed Church and The Bronxville School
6. Cooking classes start (using fresh, local ingredients from the Farmers' Market)


1. Maximize the Investment You Live In - Priscilla Toomey of Bronxville-Ley Real Estate
2. Get the Most Out of Your DSLR Camera: Advanced - Arista Camera
3. Internet Marketing Basics for Small Businesses - Bridget Gibbons of Gibbons Digital and Eben Thurston of Spring Marketing Strategies
4. Festive Fondue and Wine Tasting - Wine and Spirits Emporium and Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese
5. How to Be an Executor - David Otis Fuller, Jr., of Bosworth, Gray & Fuller
6. Savvy Social Security for Boomers - Jim Van Metter of James Van Metter Wealth Management
7. Cupcake Chic - Maria and Mariana Delgado of Chantilly Patisserie
8. Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles - Jerrilynn Dodds, dean of Sarah Lawrence College, at the Bronxville Public Library


1. The Four Basic Photography Secrets Revealed - Richard A. Restiano, Sr., of Arista Camera
2. Be a Gift-Wrapping Goddess - Barbara Amar of SilverSpoon

Please join us for our final concert of the summer:  mark your calendars for Thursday, August 25.  The Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with sponsors Underhills Crossing and Dr. Joseph F. Manzi, DDS, invite you to mosey over to the west side to Leonard Morange Square on Thursday, August 25, to mingle and enjoy the music of Third Stone, a local favorite!  Feel free to bring a picnic or sample some treats from Scarborough Fair.  We promise you a wonderful night!

I hope to see you in the Village!

Peggy Conway



Kathy and Donald Gray Win Senior Citizens Council Annual Raffle: Free Parking for a Year PDF Print Email


August, 10, 2011: Eat your heart out everyone.  It was Kathy and Donald Gray, not you, who won the annual Seniors Citizens Council raffle entitling them to free parking in the Bronxville business district for one year. That's right--one whole year.

The raffle took place over Memorial Day weekend, but the free parking began on July 1. All the Grays have to do until July 2012 is put their orange  Senior Citizen Council parking placard on the dash board of their cars (no fair parking two cars in town at the same time) and they're set for free in any parking place in the Bronxville business district on the east or west side of town and even at the train station.

"Parking at the train station is particularly nice," commented Kathy, "because sometimes I go into NYC for a whole day. Donald use to drop me off at the station so I wouldn't have to scrounge around for quarters or a parking space. Now he doesn't have to."

And did the Grays purchase a gazillion raffle tickets in order to be the victors? No. They purchased two booklets with six tickets each coming to grand total of $30. "It's not a scholarship to Harvard," Kathy mused, "but it sure is handy around town."

This is the first time Kathy recalls winning a prize or raffle like this in the States. Once when the Grays lived in London she won a Liberty of London dress, but otherwise she's never won anything. "This is the biggest and best ever," she declared.

Kathy and Donald's association with the  Senior Citizens Council is not just through raffle tickets. Kathy has participated for over thirty years in various activities for the organization; was a member the Board for many years; and even served as treasurer. "I have always been very supportive of the  Senior Citizens Council, she said. "I think it is a wonderful organization and I think the raffle is a wonderful way to raise money for it."

Said Jean Yankus, Chairman of the Senior Citizens Council, "The Senior Citizens Council is always grateful for the wonderful support we receive from the community and the generosity of the Village in providing the space [at Village Hall]. I was so excited to hear that Kathy and Don Gray won this year. That was one phone call that I really enjoyed making."

The Senior Citizens Council is the parent organization of the Bronxville Senior Citizens and the Tuckahoe Senior Citizens.

Pictured here:  Kathy Gray standing by her car parked in the Bronxville business district in a free parking space.

Photo by N. Bower

Warren Ilchman: 'Twilight Work' Brings Rich and Unexpected Rewards PDF Print Email


June 29, 2011:  A friend who is also a correspondent for MyhometownBronxville thought there might be some general interest in the "twilight work" from which I have just retired (June 1).

What do I mean by "twilight work"?  In our mid 60s, my wife, Alice, after many years as president of Sarah Lawrence, and I decided our careers were about to be over:  we had climbed the various rungs in our careers and had served on many search committees; we wanted people who were younger to have a chance; and we were no longer au courant in what we knew, since the agendas in the scholarly fields in which we once wrote had changed.  What to do?  What would be our "twilight work"?

We both decided we would involve ourselves in the work of giving fellowships and other experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.  Under the auspices of The Thomas J. Watson Foundation, Alice started a program that provides to fifteen students a year at eligible non-elite New York City colleges three summers of internships (as she would say, "work you can learn from").  The first summer was in the nonprofit sector, the second summer was in the for-profit sector, and the third summer was in the international arena.  The ninety students who had that experience before Alice's death in 2006 all found themselves more competitive for life's chances--work, other fellowships, and graduate education.  The vast majority of students were the first in their families to go to college, and, more often than not, they were immigrants or children of immigrants.

Assisting immigrants and the children of immigrants for their graduate work, from which I just retired, has also been my twilight work for the last thirteen-plus years.  From a $75,000,000 trust established in 1997 by Hungarian immigrants Paul and Daisy Soros, who wished to "give back" to the US for the opportunities the country had provided them and their children, a fellowship program was developed that supported thirty Soros Fellows each year for two years of their graduate education in any subject, anywhere in the US.  Called the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, the original two-year grant was $72,000; it is now $90,000.  I had the privilege of starting the program and directing it for fourteen selection periods.  There have been appointed from almost 16,000 applicants 415 Soros Fellows, of whom 320 have completed their graduate education.

The successful applicants are as diverse as American immigration is diverse.  They and their families hail from 84 different national origins, and they attended as undergraduates 125 different colleges and universities and 52 different institutions for their graduate education.  Full disclosure, however, requires me to say that most heavily represented are Indians, Chinese, Koreans, Mexicans, and Iranians (in that order).

Also, despite the large number of institutions represented for their education, there is a heavy representation from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley.  Finally, though there are Soros Fellows in many fields (e.g., 34 in the fine and performing arts and 31 in business), nearly half of the fellows were in the fields of law or medicine.  Why the latter?  These are the fields least supported by institutions and other fellowships; law and medical students are expected to self-invest by looking for their own opportunities for funding their education.

An assumption of the Soros family has been that immigrants and their children add quality to American life and they wished to demonstrate that over the decades.  Paul Soros's quip when he made the gift was, "Immigration laws can keep out people you don't want, but those same laws would keep out Yo-Yo Ma."  Has the assumption been borne out in this brief time of operation?

What conclusion might you draw from these facts:  they have written 48 books, have filed 42 patents, and have created 32 CDs of their works or performances; 10 have been clerks to the Supreme Court; there are 13 in the Obama Administration (White House, Justice, State, Health and Human Services, Defense, and Veterans Affairs); 14 are on the Harvard faculty (including our first full professor at Harvard Law School), and 3 each are on the faculty of MIT, Stanford, and Columbia; and they include the retiring CEO of the Chicago Public School system, the COO of Planned Parenthood Federation of the US, and three assistant attorneys general.  To prove that they are not single-mindedly professional:  there are 4 Olympic medalists (gymnastics and wrestling), and 20 have completed marathons!

One might wonder whether with such talent these immigrants and children of immigrants needed our support.  I think "yes" for three reasons.  First, given the scourge of student indebtedness, our $90,000 allowed more choice.  An MD, for example, could remain for a PhD or could contemplate global health or pediatrics as fields and not rush into radiology to pay off medical school debt.  A JD might serve a judicial clerkship (53% served as clerks) or become a public defender (4 are public defenders) and not rush off to a "white-shoe" law firm.  A scientist and engineer could shop around projects without committing her- or himself prematurely to secure financing.

Second, through an annual fall conference, each Soros Fellow came to know well at least 89 other Soros Fellows and 15 alumni Fellows.  This provided a noncompetitive community of well-wishers and mentors, something hard to find in this competitive world.

Third, Soros Fellows ceased to be ashamed that they were immigrants or children of immigrants.  They could see firsthand the contributions immigrants make to the quality of American life.

As for me, this "twilight work" could not have been better.

About the writer:  Dr. Warren Ilchman received a BA from Brown and a PhD from Cambridge University.  He has taught at Williams, Harvard, and Berkeley and was the dean of liberal arts at Boston University and executive vice president, SUNY at Albany.  Later he served as president of Pratt Institute and was director of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.


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