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Cookies N’ Cream Opens in Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Susan Miele

Jun. 17, 2020: While the Covid-19 shutdown resulted in the temporary closure of shops and restaurants, with this week’s reopening came the birth of a new village venture: Cookies N’ Cream, a cookie and ice-cream shop on Park Place. We rushed over (in the name of reporting, of course) to check it out.

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Cookies or ice cream can be ordered on their own, in combination, or combined with assorted toppings to form creative confections that are customized to individual taste. 

Those seeking inspiration might choose combos from the menu like The Mad Batter—a chocolate chip cookie with peanut butter, cookie-dough pieces, and chopped Heath Bar; or the Bronxville Crunch, a brûlée cookie base with chocolate frosting, cappuccino crunch, and chocolate crunchies. 

Alternatively, top a cookie with ice cream, syrup, and your choice of 14 cereals, or opt for a scoop of ice cream in an artisanal cone made of herbs, spices, and extracts in flavors such as birthday-cake, midnight vanilla, or lavender. Drink offerings include, of course, milk.

While some of the cookies are standard must-haves like chocolate-chip, oatmeal, and sugar cookies, less common are Purple Sugar Explosion, a sugar cookie filled with rainbow sprinkles and marshmallows, and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot, described as chocolate-chip cookie dough in the shape of a shot glass that’s lined with chocolate so it can be filled with milk and eaten after drinking. 

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Occupying the space previously inhabited by Chaos, the women’s clothing store, the interior has been revamped to house a large kitchen, where original-recipe cookies are baked daily, and an open space in front with banquette seating and floor markers specifying where to stand to allow for social distancing. 

Nick Staib shares ownership with cousin Joe Edwards, who also owns Swirl 'n Joy in Tuckahoe and Graceland Florist in Fleetwood. The ice cream at Cookies N’ Cream comes primarily from Longford’s of Rye and Larchmont.

Cookies N' Cream is located at 10 Park Place in Bronxville.  The shop’s regular hours are Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am.

Photos by A. Warner

 

 

 
Sixteen Bronxville Businesses To Receive Loans Today PDF Print Email

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Submitted by Bronxville Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Bronxville

Jun. 17, 2020: Today, sixteen Bronxville businesses will each receive a $5,000 loan with negligible interest thanks to BXV FOR BXV, a grassroots project founded and funded by local residents.

Partnering with the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Bronxville, BXV FOR BXV recognized early on that COVID-19 could potentially devastate our beloved downtown business district and acted swiftly.

As one BXV FOR BXV Committee Member says, “Bronxville businesses are important to all of us and a huge part of what makes Bronxville so special. We wanted to help.”

BXV FOR BXV was initiated by Mayor Mary Marvin, who recognized the need to support local merchants through and beyond the COVID -19 pandemic.

Teaming up with a growing group of caring and concerned residents, and the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, BXV FOR BXV has created a plan to invigorate downtown Bronxville and preserve what we all hold dear. These $5,000 loans are Part I of the Merchant Loan Program, announced on June 3rd, and now, two weeks later, applications have been processed, and loans are being disbursed.

Further BXV FOR BXV project plans are to be announced soon. They will embrace community-wide participation as we step closer to summer and fall events and happenings in the business district. They will also safely embrace our new normal and continue to work side-by-side with our merchants and residents.


Photo by Nicola Piercy Coddington


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
New BXV for BXV Initiative Kicks Off with Loan Program For Bronxville Merchants PDF Print Email

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Submitted by Bronxville Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Bronxville

Jun. 3, 2020: The vibrancy of Bronxville’s commercial district is integral to the overall health of our community.

Our local government, residents and business organizations recognize the devastating effects of the COVID-19 epidemic on our merchants, and are ready to take action to help them not just survive but to thrive in the “new normal.”

We are excited to announce that the Village of Bronxville, the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, and a growing network of engaged local residents have created BXV FOR BXV, an ongoing and wide-ranging set of initiatives to invigorate the Bronxville community.



BXV FOR BXV kicks off with a loan program to benefit Bronxville based merchants, which opens for applications on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020.

In addition to the Merchant Loan Program, the BXV FOR BXV campaign will offer a grassroots donation program which will endeavor to engage the entire community in supporting re-emerging Downtown Bronxville.

We anticipate the program will support merchants with reconfiguring outdoor storefront space, contribute to the beautification of the Downtown area, and provide assistance to Village and Chamber of Commerce events this summer and fall. Details TBD, but we are hoping to attract wide and enthusiastic community involvement and participation.

Mayor Mary Marvin has been integral in BXV FOR BXV since inception and says, “I am honored and truly humbled to be a part of such an incredible collaboration of generosity and love for our Village. Those who have stepped up are living the words of William Wordsworth who said, ‘Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.’”

President of Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, Leah Caro, adds, “Bronxville Village has always had a strong sense of community; community enveloping the residents, the school, the merchants, the municipality. The BXV for BXV project is the epitome of this strength. It should come as no surprise that when the going gets tough, we all get going!”

Here are details about the Merchant Loan Program.

The Merchant Loan Program will be split into two phases.

Phase I will consist of up to twenty separate $5,000 loans to eligible applicants.

These loans will be funded quickly once all applications are received by the deadline, reviewed, and accepted. Eligible applicants are first-floor businesses in Bronxville Village’s commercial district, not part of a national chain, who are members of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce.

If you are not a Chamber member, contact Executive Director Shannon Gangemi at CLOAKING or visit www.bronxvillechamber.org/your-membership.

Loan applicants will be asked to answer a short set of questions, including basic information about revenue changes during 2020. These one-year loans will be at a fixed rate of less than 1%.

Phase II, to be launched this summer, will include larger multi-year loans (at a rate less than 3%) available to a broader pool of Bronxville owner-operated businesses. We will be partnering with Trustco Bank and The Westchester Bank.

Applicants for Phase I funding are not required to participate in Phase II. Nor are those interested in Phase II obligated to apply for Phase I funding.

All information can be found at the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce website and the Village of Bronxville website. www.bronxvillechamber.org/bxvforbxv and www.villageoBronxville.com

Interested parties should apply on the Bronxville Chamber website www.bronxvillechamber.org/bxvforbxv by 5pm on Wednesday, June 10th.

Info packets and application forms are also being distributed by hand to qualifying businesses on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Questions? Please contact Shannon Gangemi at CLOAKING .



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Creative Ways to Make Your Groceries Last Longer PDF Print Email

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By Ellen Edwards, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

Jun. 3, 2020: It's a frequently cited statistic—in the U.S. we waste 40% of the food we produce.  

Perhaps now that you're staying home and cooking more often, you've become aware of the food your own family wastes. And maybe you want to waste less to avoid another uncomfortable trip to the grocery store, and because you're aware of food scarcity in Westchester county. 

Food scarcity has been a chronic concern in our area, and now, with so many people out of work, food insecurity has skyrocketed. Yet it's estimated that an average family of four wastes $1,500 a year in unused food.

Bedford2020, a community organization devoted to informing residents on environmental issues and offering programs to encourage the switch to clean energy, has been running a series of terrific Zoom presentations on food, energy, and gardening.  

On May 11, Leslie Lampert, proprietor of Ladle of Love and the Scrappy Chef, and Martha Elder, Executive Director of Second Chance Foods, discussed the documentary "Just Eat It" and their work in food rescue.

Leslie Lampert offered advice for home cooks seeking tips on how to reduce their family's food waste. 

She suggests some general meal planning before heading to the grocery store, but beyond that, the key is to learn to use whatever you have on hand. Treat recipes as a foundation and improvise madly.

Don't be afraid of ugly, seemingly over-ripe fruits and vegetables: just wash and use them. Once they're cooked, they'll look fine, and they'll taste even better because the ripening process will have intensified their flavors.

Leslie and Martha suggested ways to store items so they last longer: 

-Wash lettuce when you get home and dry it thoroughly. Store it in bags with paper or linen towels to absorb any lingering moisture.

-Mushrooms store well in paper bags that absorb moisture. If you wash mushrooms instead of merely brushing them, wait until just before you're ready to use them.

-Never throw away old bread or buy commercially-prepared breadcrumbs. Instead, pulse dry bread for a few seconds in a food processor to make crumbs, then freeze them. You can also cut bread into small cubes, toss them with oil, and bake them in a hot oven to make long-lasting croutons. You can also use dry bread in savory or sweet bread puddings.

-When you buy hearts of celery or hearts of romaine, you're supporting a system in which half of those vegetables have been left in the farmer's field to rot. Instead, buy only whole celery bunches and heads of romaine. Save the less perfect bits to make stock.

-To make herbs last longer, put the stems in a vase of water in the refrigerator. (My tip: choose a vase with a sturdy base that won't tip over.)  

-Whatever you can't use in time, freeze--either raw or cooked. Take bananas out of their skins before freezing them. I cook over-ripe fruit with a tiny bit of sugar to make a topping for plain yogurt. 

Consider using food you never thought to use:

-When you've used all the pickles in a jar, rather than pouring the juice down the drain, add cucumber slices or spears to make your own light pickles.

-Use pickle or olive juice instead of vinegar to make a vinaigrette salad dressing.

-Save the ends of carrots, celery leaves, fennel fronds, and other bits and pieces of vegetables in a zip lock bag (in either the frig or freezer) and use them to make stock.  

Most of all, when it's time for dinner, rather than ask, "What am I in the mood for?" ask, "What do I have in the pantry?"

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The documentary "Just Eat It" suggests that a common mindset results in waste. Restaurants, banquet planners, and home hosts all tend to think that running out of food is the worst thing that can happen. Having "just enough" food is considered embarrassing.

So, we order far more than we need and end up tossing tons of leftovers. Can we begin to change this attitude? If we make wasting food a strong taboo, maybe "just enough" can become "the perfect amount." 

Food waste also occurs because of confusion over labeling. The "sell by" date is intended only for manufacturers and store managers. Ignore it. 

"Best used by" means that the food will retain its ultimate freshness until this date. It is perfectly good and safe to eat afterward. In fact, according to "Just Eat It," there are no federal regulations regarding sell-by dates for food. Only baby formula is governed by specific regulations.

The environmental impact of food waste is enormous, so reducing it is a gift to planet earth. 

Think of all the resources that go into growing that orange you just tossed or the overripe tomato you forgot was in the crisper. That includes soil that's often "enhanced" with environmentally-detrimental pesticides and fertilizers. It includes gallons of water, often in areas where water is scarce. It requires fossil fuel to operate the vehicles that plant, harvest, and transport the food, often over thousands of miles. And it involves the labor of countless people, from the farm-laborer to the grocery store clerk. Of course, producing meat and dairy requires exponentially greater resources than are needed to raise grains, fruits, and vegetables.

It's been estimated that four percent of all U.S. energy consumption is lost in tossed food. In the U.S., a huge percentage of wasted food goes into landfills, where it produces harmful greenhouse gas methane. In Westchester, wasted food from our homes, combined with regular trash, is incinerated at a plant in Peekskill.

Perhaps, like me, you've felt heartsick over recent news stories of fields of produce being plowed under and gallons of milk being dumped. Many state and local organizations are working hard to reconnect our broken supply chains and bring food to where it's needed.  

But well before this pandemic, our system was deeply flawed. Too much edible food is left in the field. Too much doesn't meet the standards of perfection set by an industry that's convinced consumers won't buy ugly fruits and vegetables.

Too much good food is tossed into dumpsters by grocery stores, and too much is lost in our homes. It's thrown away because it's past the "best used by" date, or because it's too much trouble to save left-overs, or simply because it's left on our plates.

In recent years, dedicated individuals and non-profits have tackled the huge challenge of reducing food waste by "rescuing" food from farms, grocery stores, restaurants, and other organizations and donating it to people who are food insecure. Volunteers "glean" fields of perfectly good produce for which there's no commercial market. 

In addition, community gardens like Bronxville's own Giving Garden, which donate food to local food banks, have sprouted up all over Westchester. And collecting food scraps for composting has become popular, whether it's at a drop-off site such as Tuckahoe runs or curbside pick-up available in Scarsdale. Residents are filling up more and more bins with food scraps during this time of home cooking.  

On March 9, just before the official shut-down, the Green Committee presented to the Bronxville Board of Trustees its proposal for a food scrap drop-off site. If you'd support such a program, please let our Village officials know.  

Resources For More Information On This Topic:

Village of Bronxville: villageofbronxville.com/; under the "Government" tab, you can click on each trustee's name to open a space to leave a comment.

Bedford2020: bedford2020.org/

You can watch "Just Eat It" through the Westchester public library system's streaming service, Kanopy: www.kanopy.com

Second Chance Foods, Inc.: secondchancefoods.org/

Ladle of Love: ladleoflove.com/


Photos courtesy The Green Committee


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Cross County Shopping Center Open for Curbside and In-store Pickup PDF Print Email

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By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender for Cross County Shopping Center

Jun. 3, 2020: Cross County Shopping Center has re-opened its retail stores for curbside and in-store pickup. The center is operating in adherence to CDC and government guidelines in conjunction with New York On Pause being lifted for the Mid-Hudson Valley region.  

Shoppers can make purchases from Cross County retailers online or via phone and come to the center for contactless delivery to their vehicle, or shoppers may visit the storefront to retrieve their package(s) there. Macy’s will be open for curbside pickup only, beginning June 1, from 11 am to 5 pm, seven days per week.  

Craig Deitelzweig, president and CEO of Marx Realty, the property’s manager and the owner of the shopping center along with Benenson Capital, stated: “The health and wellness of our customers, employees and businesses continues to be paramount to us. Being an outdoor center has given us a significant advantage during this time. Our restaurants have been up and running throughout this pandemic, and we have implemented several safety measures that will be expanded to include additional resources to help customers have a positive shopping experience. We are all very excited about this next step and expect a great level of pent-up demand for our great retailers.” 

The following safety measures will be in effect to help ensure the safety of customers and workers:

-Signage will be posted in compliance with all government orders regarding social distancing and personal protective equipment as applicable (masks, gloves, etc.). 

-Directional signage will be added to common areas to provide appropriate spacing for entering and exiting stores.

-Sanitization stations are strategically located throughout the center.

-Seating areas and outdoor furniture have been modified to meet social distancing requirements, and we have expanded our seating options.

-Restrooms have been modified to provide appropriate social distancing between individuals and will be sprayed with disinfectant sprayers. 

-During this time, play areas and certain high touch amenities, such as strollers, will not be available. Signage will be posted informing guests.

-Large event activations will be suspended until further notice.

Health, wellness, and cleanliness remain a top priority at Cross County Shopping Center. Cleaning protocols and products approved by the CDC will be used throughout the day on high trafficked touch areas. Vendors and contractors will be required to pre-screen themselves at home prior to coming to the center. All shopping center employees will have temperature checks performed prior to beginning work. If an employee has a fever, they will not be allowed to work from the property. 


Photo courtesy Cross County Shopping Center


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.



 

 

 
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