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Have you Noticed The Bulldozer on the Lawn of the Bronxville Library? PDF Print Email

By Staff

Jan. 29, 2020: Have you noticed the bulldozer on the lawn of the Bronxville Library and wondered what's going on?

Here's your answer.

The Bronxville Library is installing a new HVAC system. The existing system is 19 years old and in disrepair.  In fact, according to Village Administrator, Jim Palmer, "the existing cooling system would not make it through another summer and barely cooled the Library last year."

According to Palmer, the firm OLA Consulting Engineers "completed an exhaustive review of the existing system and determined that replacement of the existing underground equipment (in the same location but in an expanded pit) was the most efficient approach and would further result in the least amount of noise and visual impact."

The new HVAC equipment is being installed below ground (like the existing system) and includes the installation of a new concrete foundation, chillers and associated plumbing and electrical work.

The first step is currently underway. According to Palmer, the construction firm "has cut an access panel into the south side of the Yeager room." The Yeager room is closed and being used "for storage and staging related to the HVAC work."

Palmer further noted that the total construction cost is $962,000 and "is being funded through a $250k State grant (thanks to Assemblywoman Paulin), use of Library Trust monies and the issuance of a bond for the remaining cost."

Bids went out last summer, and the Village awarded the project to the low bidder, Clean Air Quality Service Inc. last fall. Both OLA Consulting Engineers and Lothrop Associates, the Project Architect, are overseeing the work.

The estimated time for completing the project is June, 2020.

Over 150 Elementary School Children Participated in Musical "Untangled": See Photos PDF Print Email


By Jennifer Jaquette

Jan. 29, 2020:  The Bronxville School PTA, along with NYRKS (New York Rhythm Kids), proudly presented the musical “Untangled” this past weekend.

Over 150 elementary students (3rd through 5th grades) participated in the production.

Under the leadership of director Leisha Horin, the Bronxville thespians portrayed an updated story of Rapunzel incorporating comedy, both familiar and new musical numbers and colorful and creative costuming.

The production took two weeks of hard work by not only the children but also many parent and teacher volunteers. 

See pictures below.









Photos by Julia Brogan and Alanna Leavell

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. 

The 14th Annual StArt Regional High Schools Student Art Exhibition is on View at OSilas Gallery through January 25th PDF Print Email


by Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director of OSilas Gallery at Concordia College

Jan. 22, 2020:  On January 16th, hundreds of students, family members, and art teachers came to OSilas Gallery at Concordia College New York for the opening of the annual StArt Regional High Schools Art Exhibition (“StArt”). On show are works from 90 talented artists representing 31 high schools from the Hudson Valley, the Bronx, and Southern Connecticut.


For the past 14 years, OSilas Gallery has organized its annual StArt exhibition to encourage and support high school artists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional gallery and build their credentials and portfolios for college. Art faculty from each of the participating high schools are allowed to select up to three works for inclusion in the exhibition. The exhibition is juried by a panel of five art professionals, and Certificates of Excellence are given to top entries.


Rachel Sydlowski, the head of the Eastchester High School Art Department, speaking of the value of the StArt Exhibition, said, “For high school students who excel in the visual arts, StArt is an excellent opportunity for young artists to represent their school. They also engage in professional practice through preparing artwork, writing artist bios, and attending the exhibition. The fact that arts professionals serve on the jury closely mirrors the experience students will encounter in venturing out as artists.”

OSilas Gallery gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Community Fund of Bronxville · Eastchester · Tuckahoe, the sponsor of StArt 2020.


The panel of judges for StArt 2020 comprised Nelle Davis, Art Instructor at OSilas Art Studio; Randy Frost, local fiber artist; Amie Hollmann, Adjunct Professor of New Media and Associate Director of Creative Services at Concordia College; Charles Little, Curator Emeritus at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters; and Nancy Little,former Director of the National Academy School of Fine Art (New York City). The panel selected the following artists to receive Certificates of Excellence for their submissions to StArt 2020:

Sakura Abdel-Rahman, senior, Eastchester High School, Watch Her Grow, ink and watercolor

Lucia Bautista, sophomore, The Montfort Academy, 2,173 Days, graphite on paper

Devon Del Castillo, senior, Pleasantville High School, Gold and Blue, hand-colored dry point etching

Christopher Moronto, sophomore, Salesian High School, The Mustache, wood sculpture

Morgan Sample, senior, Pelham High School, Vedika, oil on canvas

David Schwimmer, senior, Byram Hills High School, Just Another Day, ink, acrylic, and charcoal

Veronica Zawojek, senior, Byram Hills High School, Exoskeleton Wings, wicker and rice paper

Participating High Schools

Academy of Mount St. Ursula · Ardsley High School · Bronxville High School · Byram Hills High School · Clarkstown High School North · Darien High School · Eastchester High School · Edgemont High School · German International School · Harrison High School · Hastings High School · Keio Academy of New York · Lincoln High School (Yonkers) · Mamaroneck High School · Maria Regina High School · The Montfort Academy · Nellie A. Thornton High School (Mt. Vernon) · Ossining High School · Pelham Memorial High School · Pleasantville High School · Riverside High School (Yonkers) · Rye Neck High School · Sacred Heart Greenwich · Saint Catherine Academy · Salesian High School · Scarsdale High School · School of the Holy Child · Tuckahoe High School · Valhalla High School · Walter Panas High School (Lakeland) · Westlake High School

StArt 2020 will be on view through January 25th and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tues/Wed/Fri noon-5pm, Thurs noon-7pm, and Sat 2-5 pm.   OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. Free and ample parking is available on campus. For more information on exhibitions and a full listing of gallery events, please see

Photos courtesy OSilas Gallery

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. 


The 105th Annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant Is on Tuesday, December 24; List of Cast Members PDF Print Email


By Jennifer McGrath

Dec. 23, 2019: The 105th annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant will be back on the hillside of the Reformed Church of Bronxville on Tuesday, December 24th.

The Pageant is a live nativity reenactment and begins at 5:30 pm. Every year, spectators marvel as Mary rides a donkey, accompanied by Joseph and the manger angel, to settle into the manger with live sheep. Joining the Holy Family are shepherds, angels on high, wise men, and shepherd boys. Children are invited to pet the animals and meet the participants after the Pageant.


Clergy representing all seven Bronxville churches will participate with readings. While carols will once again be led by Dale Walker, accompanied by the Brass of Bronxville Pops Concert band. The invisible choir welcomes anyone, please just arrive at 5:15.

Below is the full cast for the 2019 Pageant:

Nativity Scene

Mary: Molly Palma, 12th grade, CC

Joseph: Jack Moore, 12th grade, CC

Manger Angel: Evelyn Goddard, 4th grade


Ava Downs- 12th CC

Sophia Prior- 12th RCB

Caroline McGrath- 11th SJC

Caroline Palermo- 11th SJC

Anna Kate Kochansky- 11th SJC

Olivia Conniff- 11th SJC

Cate Spitz- 10th RCB

Lauren Rao- 10th RCB

Rachel Conniff- 9th SJC

Ruthie Haims 9th RCB

Edelawit Bird 9th CC

Wise Men:

Tim McGrath

Paul Shoemaker

John Lugano

Shepherd Boys (Youth)

Colton Zybg

Cate Normand

The Christmas Pageant began in 1914 to bring the community together at a time when the country faced the prospect of entering the First World War. Arthur Lawrence, a prominent local resident, who was involved with the Pageant, saw the need to build community spirit and togetherness.

The program today carries on the theme of unity and includes readings and participants from all seven local churches.


The Pageant is funded entirely by donations. Please send contributions to the Bronxville Christmas pageant, PO Box 397, Bronxville, NY 10708.

For more information, please click here to go to our Facebook page.

Pictured:  Photos from previous pageants

Photos by Sarah Normand


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.

Twenty Years and Counting for Concordia’s Community Holiday Musical PDF Print Email


By Rebecca Portnoy, Associate Director of Communications, Concordia College   

Dec. 18, 2019:  This year’s Community Holiday Musical, “The Spirit Society,” marked the twentieth installment of the beloved Concordia Conservatory tradition. It was special on many levels.

Students from surrounding communities were joined by Concordia College students, including a cohort from the College’s innovative ImpactU program, which serves students with intellectual disabilities. Special guest stars included first lady Monique Nunes as the Tooth Fairy, and Concordia Community Choir Director George Heath ’11 as Santa Claus, a role he played in the very first production when he was a Concordia College student. St. Patrick was played by Christopher Landy, a student at the Conservatory from age one to eighteen, who two years ago wrote the musical while a junior at Northwestern.

To compose the 20th anniversary show, Conservatory Executive Director Kathleen Suss, who created and launched the annual production in 1999, reached out to two talents well-known to her.

Greg Suss has been involved in the musical from the beginning, serving as writer, composer, lyricist and director in various productions over the years. This year Greg wrote the story and lyrics for the show, which captured Concordia’s values of diversity and faith.     

The music was composed by J.P. Redmond, who began studying at Concordia Conservatory at the age of seven and is now in his junior year at The Julliard School.  J.P. has been recognized with a number of honors. He is a 2017 Davidson Fellow and a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist. He has received four ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, including the 2015 Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship.  He has received a 2018 BMI Student Composer Award, a 2016 American Composers Forum NextNotes Award, a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention and 2015 Merit award and a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.  He also appeared on NPR’s From the Top.

J.P. said: “I had a lot of fun writing music to Greg Suss's witty lyrics and story, and it was special to have it produced at Concordia where so many familiar faces were involved with the show.  It was great to see the kids enjoying it and sharing their talent. The show has always been an important part of the season for me and something I look forward to every year. Getting to return to Concordia for this production was a wonderful opportunity, and I'm grateful to everyone who made it possible. I've carried lots of valuable experience from my time at Concordia to my current studies, including Matt Van Brink starting me early on theory in our composition lessons. It was an honor to come back and create together with the mentors who impacted me as a Conservatory student.”

Photo courtesy Concordia College




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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