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JFK Monument in Bronxville Is Now Surrounded by Beautiful Plantings PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Aug. 5, 2020:  Thanks to the partnership and generosity of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy, the JFK monument in Bronxville is now surrounded by beautiful new plantings. 

Commenting on the new addition to the village hall landscape, Mayor Mary Marvin stated, "The village is so grateful for the incredible partnership and connection we have forged with the Historical Conservancy, and this is just another one of many examples of our collaboration."

This monument was unveiled in Bronxville on May 29, 2017, which was the one-hundredth birthday of President John F. Kennedy.  The monument recognizes the Kennedy family's residency in Bronxville from 1929 until 1941. 

At the unveiling, Bronxville Historical Conservancy lifetime Co-Chair Marilynn Hill said "until today, Bronxville has been the only Kennedy permanent or vacation residence that has not had some official public recognition." She added that many people are surprised to learn that Bronxville served as the Kennedy family's official residence for more than a quarter of John F. Kennedy's life.

Hill also said at that time that "historic markers are almost always found at historic homes," but that Crownlands, the Kennedy family's six-acre estate at 294 Pondfield Road, is no longer standing.  Hill said, "Crownlands was demolished in the 1950s and subdivided before village residents realized it would become such an important place."

The village and the Conservancy worked directly with the United States Archivist as well as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to create a fitting monument. The Village of Tuckahoe contributed a piece of marble to hold the dedication plaque.

The text on the plaque reads:

"Bronxville was home to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, from 1929 to 1941. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 2, worshipped at St. Joseph's Church, and attended local dance classes. With his eight siblings and neighborhood friends, he participated in weekend games and winter sledding on the grounds of Crownlands, the family's six-acre estate at 294 Pondfield Road. Although JFK and two of the oldest siblings received their primary education at a nearby New York City day school, the six youngest children attended Bronxville public and private schools and also were active in their church and village social and club life. In 1938, patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy was appointed ambassador to Great Britain, and the family moved to London for eighteen months. After 1940, when JFK had graduated from Harvard and the other Kennedy children had reached adolescence and young adulthood, the Kennedys moved from the village. The house was sold in 1941, ending twelve years in Bronxville and a time in the life of their family that mother Rose Kennedy later described in her memoir as a "golden interval."

Crownlands no longer exists. In 1953, the colonial revival house was demolished, and the property was subdivided. In 1958, JFK made his last visit to Bronxville to serve as best man in the wedding of his youngest brother. Two years later, the local newspaper's front-page headline proudly announced"Former Bronxville Man Elected President."

Photo by A. Warner

 
Photo of the Week & Events PDF Print Email

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Kite Surfing. Photo by N.Bower

Aug. 5, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

August 7, 2020: Concordia College New York will broadcast the final Hoch Chamber Music Series concert of the 2019-20 season, A Night of Civics & Civility, on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 pm.  It will be broadcast on the Concordia Conservatory YouTube channel, Optimum channels 19, 74 and 75, and FiOS channels 34, 40, and 47. Delayed from its scheduled date in April by the pandemic, the concert will be performed in Sommer Center for a broadcast audience. Click here to learn more.

Bronxville Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00 PM. All shoppers must sign up for a shopping slot. You can sign up on the Farmers Market Facebook page. There is also a link in their weekly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to CLOAKING .

September 8, 2020:  Bronxville School Opens For In-person and Remote Learning. Click here for more information.

September 16 and 30: The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library will host two virtual author events via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Events in Later Months

October: Due to the continuing uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, The Counseling Center is canceling its 2020 benefit, scheduled for October 17. They are instead hosting a lively, interactive online event in October with opportunities to support the work of The Counseling Center. Details will follow. A grand in-person 49/50th Anniversary Benefit with special honorees is scheduled for May 7, 2021, at the Bronxville Field Club.

October 6, 2020: The Community Fund Annual Golf Outing. For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

October 15, 2020: Senior Citizens Council 50th Anniversary Benefit 

November 7, 2020: Take Back Day.  In the meantime, you can bring paper for shredding (up to four boxes), electronic waste, and other hazardous waste to the Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Road, Valhalla. For details on what is accepted and to make an appointment, call 914-813-5400 or click here.

May, 2021: Gramatan Village May Magic Event

 
Tropical Storm Isaias Blew Through Bronxville: See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Aug. 5, 2020: Tropical Storm Isaias blew through Bronxville yesterday, August 4, leaving large downed trees and powerlines in its wake. A huge tree in front of the Reformed Church of Bronxville (picture above) fell along with other trees and branches in Bronxville. As of Tuesday at 9:30 PM, the Con Ed outage map was showing numerous outages throughout Bronxville.

Below are some photos and a video from the storm. 

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Photos and videos by K. Tormey, K. Roach, M. Cralle, L. Toal, Conway, C. Mestl and C. Bae

 
Bronxville Rotary Club Purchases Gift Cards to Thank Individuals & Support Local Businesses PDF Print Email

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By Thatcher Drew for Bronxville Rotary

Aug. 5, 2020: On Friday, July 17, 2020, Bronxville Rotary Club board member David McBride delivered 25 gift cards to Chief Satriale, the Bronxville Police Department, Mayor Mary Marvin and the Village of Bronxville staff as a thank you for their service during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The Bronxville Rotary Club purchased the gift cards from local businesses, including Lange’s deli, Pete’s Tavern, Park Place Bagels, Bronxville Diner, Opa Opa, Blue Moon, and Il Baccio. The funds came from Rotary Club members.

Mayor Marvin and Chief Satriale were delighted to receive these cards, and the staff was thrilled to have them.

Thank you to all who participated.

Pictured: Chief Satriale, Mayor Marvin and David McBride

Photo courtesy Bronxville Rotary Club


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.

 

 
Please Take The 2020 Census: It's of Immense Importance to the Village PDF Print Email

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By Stephen Shallo, Assistant to Bronxville Village Administrator

Aug. 5, 2020: Bronxville's response rate is now 72.8%. We are making progress but still need your help! 

It is not too late to respond to Census 2020. You can call 844-330-2022 (7 AM to 2 AM daily, a callback option is available) or click here to complete the process.

Your response is of immense importance to the Village and provides critical support to our community, schools, and hospitals. 

If you have any questions, call Stephen Shallo in Village Hall for assistance at 914- 779-4023 or email  CLOAKING . We are here to help and look forward to your support!

Photo: Shutterstock


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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