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Weekend Scoop For August 26: The Irene Watch PDF Print Email
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THE IRENE WATCH

Here is a good way to stay informed about the storm. Click on these links to get updates on Irene

Weather.com Hurricane Central

NYT Hurricane Irene Tracker

Be Prepared

What do the experts say we need? A flashlight, candles, portable radio, first aid kit, food, water, nonelectric can opener, medicine, and cash! VALUE DRUGS IS READY TO HELP WITH SUPPLIES

ALSO....CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORM ALERT SENT OUT YESTERDAY THURS. AROUND NOON FROM THE BRONXVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. IT INCLUDES SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION.

FINALLY....WE THINK IT MIGHT BE NICE TO HAVE A COUPLE OF NICE BOTTLES OF WINE ON HAND.....IF THAT'S OF INTEREST.....Station Plaza Wine has a nice August Special up now on MyHometownStores.com.

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ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE......IS YOUR BIRTHDAY IN THE COMING WEEKS OR ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO?  Well - one of us has a birthday in our household and at this time of year it's a little tricky to find a group of friends to celebrate with so... We have come up with some fun ideas! (doesn't have to be your birthday!)

Get up early and head down to CARLOS BAKERY (made famous on the TV show Cake Boss). That way the BIRTHDAY "person" can PICK HIS OR HER OWN TREAT!

OR

How about a surfing birthday? (end the summer with an event to remember!)  surf2live will take care of all of the arrangements and will cater to everyone's ability ... especially first-timers. It's just a quick trip to Long Beach.

AROUND OUR TOWNS

Back to School Supplies! Don't forget to pick up your back-to-school box at Value Drugs (if you ordered it in the spring!). If you didn't order, stop by the store. They have lots of school supplies to help you get ready!  80 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.

Back to School for Adults.  Want to learn something new this year? Both the Bronxville Adult School and the Scarsdale Adult School have great programs.

Are you new to one of our towns? Here are some links that might be of interest: Rye Newcomers Club, Bronxville Junior League, Pelham Junior League.

Like Good Films?

The Picture House in Pelham shows some wonderful ones! Here is a link with some information about upcoming shows! Picture House Movies

What's Showing in Bronxville? Movies in Bronxville

the BOOK NOOK!

Thanks for emailing us suggestions of great books! We welcome it! CLOAKING

FOR ADULTS - - - THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - - Click here to Read About the book

FOR KIDS - - OUT OF MY MIND - - Click here to Read About the book

THIS WEEK ON THE BOARD

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Urban Cottage Design in Bronxville is looking to hire part-time sales help

FACILITIES RENTAL

Planning an event? Consider these great locations:

Bronxville Women's Club

Concordia College - - many great venues

COMPUTER SERVICES

Get ready for a new school year by getting your computers in shape. Talk to one of the computer experts on the Board!

LOOKING FOR

A bunch of readers are looking for items you may have such as club chairs, a little girls bedroom set, ski equipment and apparel and more. Take a look

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE BULLETIN BOARD AND SEE WHAT'S THERE OR POST SOMETHING YOURSELF!

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Sid Blauner, New Owner of Manhattan Storage Building in Business District, Discusses Plans PDF Print Email

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August 24, 2011:  When a structure with limited ingress and egress, originally built for storage and manufacturing purposes, sits in a retail and residential environment, it becomes a "non-conforming use" property.

Sid Blauner, new owner of the Manhattan Storage building in downtown Bronxville, plans to meet the challenges of rehabilitating the building by applying creativity to envision possible uses and bringing his ideas before the village planning board and zoning board.  He belongs to a development company that networks with other similar developers who buy and repurpose old industrial buildings.

"The big issue is parking and what the village will let us do there, more than what we'd like to do," Blauner said.  "That's always been the issue with the building.  We hope that if we do something exciting enough that's a winner for Bronxville, we can obtain the zoning variance we need."

Village Engineer Vince Pici echoed Blauner's statement about parking.  "The problem with the building is definitely parking," he said.  "It's a limited-access building.  The only ingress and egress is by way of an alley between the Wine & Spirits Emporium and Studio One Hair Designers."

The building has 36,000 square feet of space on three levels.  Blauner stated that previous owners submitted plans to the village in 2006 for 6,000 square feet of office space and 18,000 square feet of residential condominiums.  Blauner's plans take a different direction.

"We have talked with a boutique hotel, personal trainers, gyms, yoga studios, and a number of restaurateurs.  Those particular restaurateurs have expressed an interest in urban farming, growing produce indoors with hydroponic systems, LED lighting, and solar and wind power on the roof."  Blauner said he has considered the possibility of holding a small farmers' market in the building, staffed by high school students who work as interns, and selling produce grown there.

Blauner holds the vision of creating a synergistic "village" within the Manhattan Storage building, a cohort of fifteen to eighteen small businesses and perhaps even office space offered to entrepreneurs on a "hotel" basis for a few weeks or months at a time.  "Many people have been outsourced," he said, "and they need a facility to network with other people.  We could provide a place for that."

"We have the building and now we're looking for the creative power to make it a viable business," Blauner said.  "We'd love to see something along the lines of what Tarrytown has done on Main Street with art galleries and antique stores."  Since parking poses a problem, Blauner is also thinking about the viability of having businesses that will draw an evening crowd.  "Maybe the building can open at 6:00 pm and stay open until midnight.  Later hours might provide a solution to the parking situation."  He stated that he hopes the building will house some type of educational pursuit, perhaps along the lines of a cooking school that could hold courses during the day as well as offer evening classes.

Blauner is working with a local architect on the building, but no definite plans for the inside of the building have been drawn up yet because there are no firm tenants.  For the time being, Blauner is working on the outside of the building.  The brick façade had peeled away and he has invested significant funds to stabilize that façade and make it safe.  He stated that the building can probably safely hold two to three hundred people.  That would require construction of a second stairwell within the building and a second exit that would be on the same side of the building as the existing exit.

The next phase of the work to rehabilitate the Manhattan Storage building, Blauner stated, involves formulating the business model.  "I'm looking for people with a vision--people with a development vision who can get people together to do something new."  He explained that he needs a definite business plan in place before approaching the planning board.

"I'd like to see this building as an incubator for ideas and small businesses that will grow.  I think that's the future not only for Bronxville and Westchester, but for the country as a whole," Blauner said.

Pictured here:  View of the top section of the Manhattan Storage building located behind CVS on Pondfield Road in the middle of the Bronxville business district.

Photo by A. Warner

 
School Supply Packets (More than 1,000) Ready for Students To Pick Up at Value Drugs PDF Print Email

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August 24, 2011:  Here's one sure sign that fall and a new school year are on the horizon--school supply packets for Bronxville elementary and middle school students--numbering in the thousands!--are ready for pick-up at Value Drugs in Bronxville.

The Bronxville PTA, teachers at The Bronxville School, and Value Drugs have been partnering for four years now to prepare the school supply packets for students.  By participating in the program, students will start the school year with all the supplies they need and teachers will be assured that students will come to class with the proper materials for the year's work.  Best of all--parents will enjoy the ease of ordering packets by grade level and teacher name.

Value Drugs began taking orders for the 2011-2012 supply packets in May.  The store accepted online orders until June 29 and in-store orders until August 1.  "When the program began we made about four hundred packets," store manager Mike Carugan said.  "Now it's up in the thousands."

In addition to serving The Bronxville School, Value Drugs prepares school supply packets for Immaculate Conception School, The Chapel School, and schools in Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Briarcliff, Brewster, and Pleasantville.

Carugan explained that, before the store placed orders for school supplies, Bill Stroud, the store's buyer, met with the PTA and teachers for each grade.  Teachers submitted their wish lists and worked with Stroud on the availability of desired supplies for each packet.  In turn, Stroud worked with the store's suppliers to procure the items requested by the teachers.

"It's quite a process to put the packets together," Carugan said.  "It takes our employees a lot of hours to assemble them."

The most popular item by far is the folder.  "We order lots of folders of all colors," Carugan said.  "Some teachers like to color-code subjects with matching folders and notebooks.  They like green notebooks and folders for science, for example."

He explained that school packets can vary depending on whether a student studies Spanish, French, or Latin.  He also pointed out that supplies are assembled according to gender.  "There are certain colors and themes that are appropriate for boys and others for girls, and we want everyone to be happy."

For the younger grades, the number-one item is crayons.  Teachers in those grades also request that their packets include antibacterial wipes and boxes of tissues.

"We'll have a special station set up in the store where students and their parents can pick up the supplies," said Carugan.

Pictured here:  The façade of Value Drugs on Pondfield Road in Bronxville.

Photo by N. Bower

 
Last Friday's Weekend Scoop Dated August 19 PDF Print Email

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NEW BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS!

Here is a sampling of what's new...

STUFF FOR SALE

Bike, Pinball Machine, Furniture, Rugs......and more

ENTERTAINMENT

The Women's Club and Pipe Dream Theater present Shakespeare's 12th Night.  This Sat., August 20th at 7pm. $5 donation is suggested.  Call 914-468-1404 for reservations

Watercolor Cafe, in Larchmont presents MJ Territo with Victor La Gamma Quartet. Wednesday, August 24th 7:30-9:30. 2094 Boston Post Road, Larchmont.  Reservations call 914-834-2213

The Picture House is showcasing amazing movies.  Nothing like the BIG SCREEN.  Project Nim, The Interrupters, The Tree, El Bulli, The Tree of Life and more....

EVENTS

The Silk Road - End of Summer Sale started yesterday August 18th...stop in soon.  20-70% Off!!  Clothes, jewelry, select floral arrangements, sample rugs, tableclothes, napkins and furniture.101 Pondfield Road in Bronxville

USO 9/11 Remembrance Walk.  Saturday, September 10th along the Hudson River in NYC. Proceeds to fund USO programs and services that support troops and families. Find out how to join "Tory's Team of Terrific Walkers"

SERVICE PROVIDERS

The Picture House "Screenwriting for Adults" $180 for three sessions

Get your kids started with Sylvan Learning Center K-12, Reading , Math, Writing, Study Skills, SAT Prep.  Convenient Bronxville Location.  914-237-4396

 

SHOPPING

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RE-ENTRY!!! (For ALL OF US - FALL IS COMING!).  PACK THE BACK...OR PACK THE BAG!  WE KNOW! NO ONE WANTS TO KNOW THAT...in just a few weeks/days.... YOU WILL NEED TO PACK ONE!  Value Drugs has their selection of backpacks and Silk Road has cute bags for mom plus we LOVE this tote on www.myhometownstores.com that comes in Great Tote Bag

NO INTEREST IN GOING SHOPPING?  TOO NICE ON THE BEACH?? JUST GO ONLINE AND SHOP WITH US!  Shop Bronxville without leaving your home on www.myhometownstores.com

 

AROUND OUR TOWNS

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Bronxville's third installment of the SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.  This Thursday, August 25th 6:30-8:30 Leonard Morange Park (west side).  Food, drink, music and dancing featuring the music of Third Stone.What's New To Do when you need a little day trip?

Did you know the Museum of the Moving Images was completely updated and renovated? So even if you have been, it will be "new to you" You can now put sound effects into film scenes, insert your voice into a part of The Wizard of Oz, or make a short animated film which you can email to yourself!! You will learn about live video editing in the TV control room where 14 different camera feeds from a Mets game will illustrate how a director splices a piece together.

A don't miss! Thursday 10:30 - 5pm.  Friday 10:30 - 8pm, Sat. - Sun 10:30 - 7pm. 36-01 35th Street (on 37th) in Astoria.  718-777-6888

 

THE BOOK NOOK

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We would love to have you email us some great books to read.

For Adults: THE HOTTEST DISHES OF THE TARTAR CUISINE by Alina Bronsky

For the Kids: (best for girls) OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper

 

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What is the best place to buy sneakers for kids?

If Epstein's (which is so quick and easy) doesn't work out, and the Running Store (excellent service) doesn't have quite the right thing, we love ZAPPOS which has a big selection and free shipping (and free return if necessary!!)  Zappos.com

Thanks also to our reader who tried the bread pudding recipe and loved it. She added chives that she had lying around and it was great. For those of you who missed it here it is again... Tomato Basil Bread Pudding

Do you have any recommendations for a DUDE RANCH that would be fun for a whole family?

As a matter of fact we do!! One of our very own staffers is at the A Bar A Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming right this minute. She writes that it is fabulous with riding, fishing, hiking, kids programs, teen programs, cookouts, tennis courts and golf. Great cabins as well.  Book now for next summer!! A Bar A Ranch Encampment, Wyoming

If you have your own suggestions please let us know!

 
117 Pondfield Road Property to Invoke New "Central Business A" Transition District PDF Print Email

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August 10, 2011: Known by longtime Bronxville residents as a Mobil gas station, by newer residents as On Consignment and, most recently as Kensington Paper, the property at 117 Pondfield Road is the first property to apply to the village for inclusion in Central Business A Transition District.

Created by the Village Board of Trustees in June, the non-geographic district provides for a graduated transition between residential and commercial properties on a parcel-by-parcel basis.

Phil Lombardo, Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Communications, and new owner of the property stated that the existing building, as seen from Pondfield Road, will house "Objects and Images Fine Art, Inc." The gallery has plans to stage permanent exhibitions as well as gallery shows throughout the year. A two-story addition to the back of the building will house the Citadel Communications corporate offices.

"What you may not know," said Lombardo, "is that the property is zoned residential and it has never been used for residential purposes. We decided that we wanted the zoning to be on a clean slate, so we went to numerous Planning Board meetings and Board of Trustee meetings. We didn't think that continuing to use a residential zoned property for commercial purposes was the way to go on a long-term basis."

According to Lombardo, the Zoning Board has approved all the setbacks and plans. Construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 9. A construction fence surrounds the whole property, as required by the village, and the first phase of the constructions process will be demolition of the building's back L-section.

After that, the excavation for the new two-story addition will take place. Lombardo explained that the existing building contains a step down to the L-section, which sits lower than the main portion of the building. "We're going to extend that excavation under the whole two stories we're building," he said.

Lombardo pointed out that the parcel's property line sits ten feet farther back than the existing parking area. Excavation of that extra space will allow the parking to be extended to the edge of the property. When completed, the lot will include eleven parking spaces, including one handicapped access space. Lombardo stated that all of the spaces including those in front of the existing building next to the addition will be for customer and company use only- - not for shoppers going elsewhere to shop.

Lombardo said that all environmental concerns relating to the property have been addressed. "The gasoline tanks were taken out some time ago, and I have copies of all the environmental reports that were filed with the village," he said. "If there had been environmental issues, I probably wouldn't have bought the property."

"We think it's a unique building," Lombardo said. "We want to maintain its appearance and its character, so we're going to fix it up." He pointed out that honoring the existing setback is essential in preserving the building's unique character. "We will not move the building any closer to the street," he said.

Lombardo anticipates a December 1 opening for Objects and Images Fine Art, Inc., in time for the holiday season. He said the remainder of the building will be completed by the end of January 2012.

Pictured here:  The property at 117 Pondfield Road at the corner of Tanglewylde Ave. and Pondfield Road which is about to undergo construction.

Photo by N. Bower

 
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