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Concert to Remember 9/11 Sponsored by Tuckahoe-Eastchester Lions Club and Bronxville Women’s Club Sunday, September 11 PDF Print Email


August 31, 2011:  A memorial concert to remember the events of September 11, 2001, will take place on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy, Sunday, September 11, at 3:00 pm at The Bronxville Women's Club.

The event is sponsored by The Tuckahoe-Eastchester Lions Club and The Bronxville Women's Club.  Local officials will open the program with bagpipes, which will be followed by a concert including William Anderson, guitar; Joyce Rasmussen Balint, violin and mandolin; Michael Ouzounian, viola; Patricia Rogers, bassoon; and Lion Pat Farenga, voice.

A reception donated by Trader Joe's will follow the program.

The net proceeds from the concert and journal ads will benefit the police and fire departments of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe along with EVAC.  A 50/50 raffle will benefit the ongoing renovations of the historic building of The Bronxville Women's Club.

Donations for the event are $20 each.  Advance ticket holders will enjoy reserved seating.  The Bronxville Women's Club is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable.

For more information, visit The Bronxville Women's Club website,


Concordia Conservatory of Music and Art to Host Open House on September 17 for Early Childhood, Youth, and Adult Programs PDF Print Email


August 31, 2011:  Concordia Conservatory of Music and Art--Concordia College's community arts school--will host an open house to preview its music offerings in early childhood, youth, and adult programs on Saturday, September 17, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

There will be student and faculty performances, demonstrations, and visits to the OSilas Gallery throughout the afternoon.  The open house will also include early childhood preview classes and opportunities to meet with students, department heads, faculty, and staff.

Music programs at Concordia Conservatory include private instruction for all orchestral instruments, voice, composition, and theory; classes in musical theater, rock band, and songwriting; chamber music; early childhood programs; adult programs; and summer camps.

Visual arts programs at Concordia Conservatory include private instruction; classes in ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpting, illustration, theatre design, Eco Art, and portfolio development; adult programs; and summer camps.

Melissa Alexander, head of the conservatory's piano department, holds an M.M. from the University of Hartford-Hartt School of Music, did postgraduate studies at Mannes College of Music, and holds a B.A. from State University of New York-Albany.

Annette Espada, head of the chamber music department, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Miami, an M.A. from New York University, and a B.M. from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.

Rami Vamos, head of the string department, holds an M.A. from Queens College, an M.M. from Yale University, and a B.M. from Indiana University.

Patricia Miranda, head of the art department, holds a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase Conservatory and also studied at the School of Sacred Arts, NYC.

For more information, call 914-395-4507 or visit

Pictured here:  Conservatory student and Bronxville resident Eleanor Fitzgibbons prepares for her piano lesson.

Photo by Joe Pregiato


OSilas Gallery to Exhibit Works by Lou Hicks: Contemporary Landscapes, September 8 to December 3 PDF Print Email


August 31, 2011:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College will present the works of painter Lou Hicks from September 8 through December 3, 2011.  A reception and gallery talk with the artist, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 8.

In her 80th year, Hicks continues to work on expressionistic canvases, larger than she, employing in fleshy oils a robust, masculine physicality alongside an inherent spirituality.

Hicks employs an archaeological process of discovery and excavation in reaction to the environment in which she lives and works.  The strong influence of abstract expressionism, its physicality and responsiveness, is filtered through her own intuitive and introspective vision.

Her true subject matter is the surface manipulations of paint colors and layers.  Using a complex method of scraping and layering thick, lush oil paint mixed with wax, Hicks builds a rich, moody surface activated by constant building and abrading, accumulating and revealing, creating a genuinely lived history within the surface of the paintings.  This revealing of multiple histories encourages a visual conversation with materiality, ephemerality, and beauty.

Hicks's work embodies a history lived.  Evocative and ephemeral, earthy and intense, her lush oil paintings reflect a concern for a deeper intuited meaning expressed through the paint, one not readily seen but suggested, built up over time, instilling feelings of awe, peace, and calm.

Patricia Miranda, OSilas Gallery director, is the curator of the exhibit.

For additional information, contact Patricia Miranda, director, OSilas Gallery, at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173, or at CLOAKING .

Pictured here: All Too Red, 2010, oil on canvas, 44x44.

Photo by David Wohl

Martha Silver to Hold Art Exhibit at Bronxville Women’s Club September 22-24; All Proceeds to Go to Shelter Pet Alliance PDF Print Email

August 24, 2011:  The Bronxville Women's Club will hold a reception to mark the opening of an art exhibit of works by artist Martha Silver on Thursday, September 22, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Martha Silver will be donating all the proceeds of the sale of her art to The Shelter Pet Alliance for the animals of the Yonkers Animal Shelter.

The exhibit will also be open on Friday, September 23, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Martha Silver is an accomplished watercolor artist who loves to paint.   Her techniques vary with each painting and her paintings cover a wide variety of subjects.

Martha takes full advantage of surrounding beauty for her subjects.  Her paintings are also a product of her imagination and her inspiration.  Elements from the many different places she has lived or visited can be found in her art.  Subjects are often given an individual artistic interpretation with abstract nuances.

Martha continues to be inspired by her love of the sea and of sailing as well as her love of animals and the natural environment, both along the Bronx River and the coast of Maine.  Many of her paintings also reflect her travels to, and her love of, Africa and the Bahamas.

Martha also draws her inspiration from her husband and their puppy, Rebel, who was adopted from the Yonkers Animal Shelter.  They adopted a dog named Jake in 1997, also from the Yonkers Animal Shelter.  Jake died in 2009 of kidney disease at age 14 1/2 years.  Later that year Rebel arrived at the shelter and they knew immediately that they had to adopt him, as he looked just like Jake!

Martha has retired from teaching special education at the Bronxville Middle School.  She has a masters degree in elementary and special education, as well as a masters degree in instructional technology.  She continues to use her teaching skills to volunteer to read with first-grade students in Maine.  She also volunteers in Maine at the Phippsburg Museum and Phippsburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

For more information, please contact The Bronxville Women's Club at 914-337-3252 or visit its website at

Pictured here:  Watercolor by artist Martha Silver.


'Taylor' Your Writing: Ending a Sentence with a Preposition Is Something to Think About PDF Print Email

July 27, 2011:   Finish your vegetables.  Wait twenty minutes after eating before you go swimming.   Don't end a sentence with a preposition.  My parents' admonitions still ring in my ears.

It's easy in casual writing to find that a sentence has ended with a preposition:

"That is the door we went through."
"He's the one I'm disappointed in."
"Have you thought about the friend you are going with?"
"Those customs we disapprove of."
"Getting up early is something we are not accustomed to."

Then there is the quick editorial scramble to rewrite:

"That is the door through which we went."
"He is the one in whom I am disappointed."
"Have you thought about the friend with whom you are going?"
"Those are customs of which we disapprove."
"Getting up early is something to which we are not accustomed."

Rewriting in this manner often ends up sounding like a page from Shakespeare, and the poor reader is left without CliffsNotes.

Then I found it.  Shakespeare himself yielded to the occasional preposition sentence-ender:

My ashes, as the phoenix, may bring forth
A bird that will revenge upon you all:
And in that hope I throw mine eyes to heaven,
Scorning whate'er you can afflict me with.
--Henry VI, Part III (I.4.35-8)

Blissfully, the editors at the grammar bible, The Chicago Manual of Style, have deemed that "The traditional caveat of yesteryear against ending sentences with prepositions is, for most writers, an unnecessary and pedantic restriction."  CMS, para. 5.176 (16th ed. 2010).  Authors Strunk and White counsel that "not only is the preposition acceptable at the end, sometimes it is more effective in that spot than anywhere else." The Elements of Style (4th ed. 2000), 77.

In A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, author H.W. Fowler explains that this rule was an attempt by writers to follow the rules of Latin grammar, but he then lists numerous writers from Chaucer to Kipling who have employed a sentence-ending preposition.  Fowler's advice is, "Follow no arbitrary rule" but, instead, make a conscious choice based upon the feeling the writing will elicit in the reader.  A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, H.W. Fowler, ed. Sir Ernest Gowers (Oxford Univ. Press, 2d ed. 1965), 473-75.

(I will spare the reader the more technical discussion by Fowler about never separating an adverbial particle from its phrasal verb, but he shows the awkwardness of trying to remedy "which I will not put up with" by changing it to "up with which I will not put," a remedy whose denunciation is commonly attributed to Winston Churchill, who is alleged to have quipped that an editor's rearranging of his words to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition is "arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.")

Happily, then, this is one rule that we can disregard in favor of creative writing and common sense.  I might just eat my dessert before dinner.  And skip the broccoli alongside.


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