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Picture Book by Two Local Artists Demystifies Idioms and Dark Moods So Children Can Understand PDF Print Email

By Susie Slosberg

Sep. 28, 2016:  Two local artists, Susie Slosberg and Phyllis Pacifico, have created a picture book that demystifies idioms and explores the subject of depression in a nonthreatening way children understand and teachers find helpful in introducing "the grouchy issue."

This Morning Maxwelton Got Up on the Wrong Side is about a boy who spends the day in a blue mood until his friends bring him out of it with laughter.

Writer Susie Slosberg from Bronxville and illustrator Phyllis Pacifico-Cohen of Bedford Hills met as classmates in seventh grade in New Rochelle, where both grew up. As lifelong friends, they have shared many experiences and talked often about producing a book together. This past June, it happened with their combined talents and the guidance of Ted Slosberg, MD, who nurtured the process.

Initially geared to readers ages 5-8, some parents and grandparents have read it to children as young as four. Each child takes away something, even if younger readers focus on the whimsical drawings of shoelaces with faces instead of the more elevated scenario older readers understand.

Margaret Cerrone, a teacher's aide for Bronxville High School's life skills class, said, "It's a cleverly written and cheerful story with fun artwork that any kid [even big ones] can relate to at some point. We all have those 'bad days.'"

Michelyn Goodin, Yonkers elementary school teacher, said, "It can be used in most grades to help younger kids understand it is not always beneficial to be in a grouchy mood and also to create a discussion with older kids."

The illustrations are like contemporary watercolors. The story has a poignant friendship-and-laughter-are-the-best-medicine theme with spare text.

Phyllis, who raised three children, said, "Maxwelton is an entertaining vehicle that introduces children to idioms, and on a deeper level, opens the conversation surrounding moods."

She has read it to classrooms in the city, where kids of all ages and teachers of several grade levels responded well, including students with Asperger's syndrome. The in-class readings inspired assignments in which students made their own Maxwelton drawings and speculated as to why Maxwelton was in a blue mood.

Susan Novich, an artist and illustrator of children's picture books based in Providence, Rhode Island, said, "A well-crafted story that touches on down days with a sensitive touch of humor, This Morning Maxwelton  Got up on the Wrong Side is the perfect tool to have on your shelf for just that occasion."

This Morning Maxwelton Got Up on the Wrong Side is the first in a planned series. Susie, a writer who has worked in public relations, is owner of PinkChairPrints, a photo prints business. She wrote a fire-prevention video (Don’t Play Games With Fanny Flame), which won a Bronze Apple award and is shown annually in New York schools during Fire Prevention Week. Phyllis specializes in advertising and design as an art supervisor.

The book, published by CreateSpace this summer, is available in Womrath Bookshop as well as online.

Pictured here: Cover of This Morning Maxwelton Got Up on the Wrong Side.

Photo by Sara Julianne Cohen

Third Annual Zombie Night at the Bronxville Public Library Saturday, October 1 PDF Print Email

By Bronxville Public Library

Sep. 21, 2016:  The Bronxville Public Library will be hosting its third annual Zombie Night on Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 pm.

Do you think you can survive? The library will be closed, the lights will be off, and the zombie librarians will be out to get you.

Join in on the fun with a group of friends or join a group at the library for this live interactive zombie night and collect as many survival items you can.

The team that can dodge the zombies the best and collect the most survival items will win a prize! The event is for children in sixth grade and up.

For more information and to sign up, visit us online at

Pictured here:  Zombies in the Bronxville Public Library in 2014. 

Photo courtesy the Bronxville Public Library

Eliza Corwin Frost Center Welcomes Stephen Madey as Interim Director PDF Print Email

By Katie Gojkovich, Director of Development, Christ Church Bronxville

Aug. 24, 2016: The Eliza Corwin Frost Center (ECF) is thrilled to welcome Stephen Madey as its interim director.

Steve joins ECF with very broad experience in the education of children from early childhood to adolescence. He has been involved in the administration of programs, primarily for the special needs population, for the past twenty years, most recently as the interim assistant director at the Easter Seals Pre-School program in Valhalla, NY.

Steve's work with special needs children emphasizes the recognition of the individual learning styles of all children, something that he feels is vitally important to all children for their ultimate success.

He believes in the philosophy that every moment is a teaching moment and that the Reggio approach to educating the pre-school population does just that by encouraging the child to explore his or her environment and making learning fun. He is very excited to join the team at Eliza Corwin Frost and is looking forward to developing a foundation for the children from which to grow.

In addition to Steve's commitment to education, he loves baseball and organizes a men's league in Westchester and Rockland counties and established Miracle League of Westchester in 2006, a program that provides baseball and social events for special needs individuals.

Steve said, "I look forward to working with the staff as we continue the mission of this extraordinarily nurturing and caring institution. I can't wait to meet the children in September and work with them in the classroom, on the playground, and in enrichment activities!"

Eliza Corwin Frost has been providing children with confidence, curiosity, and passion for learning for children from age two through pre-kindergarten since 1973.

Please visit the Eliza Corwin Frost website for more information.

Pictured here:  New interim director, Stephen Madey.

Photo courtesy Katie Gojkovich, Director of Development, Christ Church Bronxville


Annual Harvest Moon Festival at Reformed Church Nursery School to Be Held Saturday, October 24 PDF Print Email

By Daisy Hogan Neumark, for the Reformed Church Nursery School

Oct. 7, 2015:  The Reformed Church Nursery School's annual Harvest Moon Festival will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Families from the Bronxville community and beyond, in addition to families from the nursery school, are welcome to join a fun-filled day to celebrate the fall season.

This event includes both outdoor and indoor activities for nursery school-aged children, raffles, games, food, and a silent auction.

The Harvest Moon Festival is put on by the incredible efforts and talents of the RCNS parents.

All of the proceeds raised are used to support the nursery school.

Featured attractions include:

  • Petting zoo

  • Carousel

  • Police car/fire truck

  • Games and prizes

  • Glitter art

  • Photo booth

  • Halloween-themed art projects and activities

  • Food from Pete's Tavern and bake sale items

  • Adult and kids' raffles

  • Silent auction with items such as sporting events and Broadway tickets

The festival will be held in The Reformed Church of Bronxville's congregational hall (on Kraft and Midland) and the Reformed Church Nursery School at 6 Kraft Avenue in Bronxville.

Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance for $30 per child. Accompanying adults and children under 12 months are free.

For additional information, contact Daisy Hogan Neumark at  CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Flyer for Harvest Moon Festival.

Photo courtesy Daisy Hogan Neumark

Junior League of Bronxville's Touch-A-Truck Event Saturday, September 26 PDF Print Email

By Myra Guevara, Vice President, Communications, Junior League of Bronxville

Sep. 16, 2015:  A helicopter and a fire truck are among the many vehicles children will be able to climb aboard at the Junior League of Bronxville's sixth annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser.

This year's event will return on Saturday, September 26, at the Immaculate Conception School field, 53 Winterhill Road and White Plains Road in Tuckahoe, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (rain or shine).

Families will enjoy a day of hands-on play while helping community members who struggle with hunger. Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 at the door) and may be purchased at Children under the age of one may attend for free. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods to benefit the Food Bank for Westchester.

Sheridan Denfeld, president of the Junior League of Bronxville, said, "We are proud to include this important element this year [Food Bank goods] and to also have the generous support of sponsors like Curto's Appliances, which shares in our vision of 'stamping out hunger' in Southern Westchester."

To this end, Curto's Appliances has initiated the Curto's Canned-Goods Challenge. For every canned item brought to Touch-A-Truck, Curto's Appliances will match $1.00, up to $500, to be donated to the Junior League of Bronxville in recognition of its voluntarism in the community.

In addition to the many trucks and vehicles kids can explore, there will be temporary tattoos courtesy of Macaroni Kid Bronxville-Eastchester-New Rochelle and face painting courtesy of Main Street Pediatric Dentistry, and Fabio's Hair Studio will return once again to add a little glitz to your "do" and make-up, too! K. Salkey Photography will be capturing all the fun of the day, and even more entertainment is currently being added to the lineup!

This year's exhibitors include a helicopter (Westchester County Police Aviation), fire truck (Eastchester Fire Department), ambulance (Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps), police car (Village of Bronxville Police Department), backhoe, front loader, and sweeper (Village of Tuckahoe Department of Public Works), and a tractor trailer (Roaming Railroad LLC). A trackless train also courtesy of Roaming Railroad will be at the event providing rides for $3 per person per ride with a portion of proceeds being given to the Junior League of Bronxville.

Happy Family, a mom-founded and operated premium organic food company, will be on hand with its own truck providing samples of its products to attendees. "We are thrilled to welcome Happy Family this year to our event and to be able to offer a healthy snack option for our younger attendees," said Michelle Schoulder, fundraising vice president and co-chair. Food for all ages will also be available for purchase from food truck vendors, including the Tiki Food Truck serving cheese steaks, tiki fries, chicken fingers, and more!  

Proceeds from this event will support JLB's mission to fight hunger and promote proper nutrition within its service area of Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe, and Yonkers.

For more information on the JLB, please visit

Pictured here:  Westchester County police helicopter and officers at a previous Touch-A-Truck event. 

Photo by Amy Haggenmiller

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